Norwich City’s club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is set to sit out Tuesday’s Capital One Cup trip to Championship promotion hopefuls Watford after suffering a toe injury in the weekend Premier League defeat to Aston Villa.

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The Dutch international was an unused substitute in the previous round’s 6-3 win over Bury but Chris Hughton confirmed on Monday afternoon he will take no chances with his striker.

Gary Hooper will start at Vicarage Road and youngster Josh Murphy has also been drafted into Hughton’s cup squad. The City boss is confident van Wolfswinkel will be back in contention for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Stoke. Team captain Sebastien Bassong is poised to undergo a scan on his hamstring injury later on Monday to assess the extent of the damage that forced him off in the opening period against Villa. Hughton has already ruled the centre-back out of his Watford plans.

“He’ll certainly miss tomorrow. We’ll assess it today because he is a having a scan later on,” said Hughton. “We hope it is not too bad and that it is a slight hamstring. Sometimes that can be back related so we have to get to the bottom of it. It’s too early to talk about Stoke. Let’s just get through today and see what the scan brings.

“At the moment we have a few knocks and bruises but we are okay generally. Ricky got a knock, a whack on the side of his toe. He is a little bit sore but we don’t feel it is anything too serious. If he is not fit for tomorrow the feeling is it will only be a few days. Regarding anything else major injury-wise, we are okay.

“It’s a good opportunity for those in the squad who have had not much involvement. The end product is the same though - we will give everything to go through. Young Josh Murphy will also be in the squad. Whether he starts is a decision I have to make but we feel he deserves to be in and around it. He has done very well in the development games.”

Van Wolfswinkel may miss out at Watford but Hughton confirmed at his pre-match Colney press call the Dutchman will take any future penalties after Robert Snodgrass missed against Villa after appearing to pull rank on the striker.

“We have spoken about it as a group and those conversations remain private. In my time here we had one penalty last season against Southampton and one this and we have missed both,” said Hughton. “Ricky will take the penalties from now on, if he is on the pitch. Football is an emotional game and it is about confidence and the situation at the time and you want players who want to take responsibility. Robert is a confident player and normally in the thick of things so I have no problem with that.”

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18 comments

  • Gary Hooper needs minutes on the pitch. This is the ideal opportunity for him to get some playing time and hopefully chip in with a few goals as well

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    Powers1902

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Toe injury ! B0110cks we are going to get turned over tonight !!!! hope not but i feel we will ...

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • I was also one of the mugs that paid to watch us NOT play against Luton last year and nearly died of embarrassment as I walked away from Carrow Road. One thing is for sure, few of our players can be bothered with this competition. Fox for example, had the ideal opportunity to stake his claim for the first team but went through the motions as they say. He was not the only as Barnett also springs to mind but none of the team played with any enthusiasm that night.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Wrong El Dingo that would have been well worth a bruised toe but even then would not have bruised Snod's ego.

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    waclor

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Sounds like action is being taken to address the current problems....positive thinking time, Hooper to sink Watford with a hat trick and then we've got to go all out and take all 3 points at Stoke!!

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    GossVolley

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • We have missed Hooper this season. Would have rested RvW in the league cup anyway. The penalty issue against Villa has highlighted team issues the club needs to address. The Wolf taking penalties is easiest to resolve. The squad is good enough for the PL. That is Premier League not Paul Lambert. I am glad the Villa home fixture is out of the way.

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    Capri

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Gary Hooper needs minutes on the pitch. This is the ideal opportunity for him to get some playing time and hopefully chip in with a few goals as well

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    Powers1902

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Probably good for him to play championship teams get him used to next season

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    Townman

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • TonyB - according to the Derby Eve Telegraph Championship round up ,Leeds are negotiating to take Bechio back on a 3 month loan.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Bit worried about this toe. If Hooper 'bit of a bruise on his shin' can be out for over a month, what length of time a dodgy toe?? Also worried about Bassong. He is one player we do need.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • I am in total agreement with TK`s teamsheet and his reasoning, though I doubt it will happen. Probably Bunn in goal for starters and possibly Howson for Tettey. We need to win in style to get confidence back.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Glad we (and the players!) are now clear on who's taking penalties following Saturday's opportunity wasted. Hoopers movement and the fact that he puts himself about gives me a feeling that he'll bag more than RVW this season. Maybe Becchio deserves a go to...

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • The Watford game counts for little in the scheme of things so I hope we use this chance to try to sort out the team. I would start with Ruddy, Whittaker, Bennett, Martin, Olsson, Pilkington, Fer, Tettey, Redmond, Hooper & Elmander. I would also have Wes, Fox and young Murphy on the bench with a view to giving them a run out in the second half.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Trevor tell the Swansea fans that the league cup doesn't count.Even the Europa cup generates a lot of income, and income means better players etc.In our championship promotion season we were a better team than Swansea, now my heart says of course we are, but my head says 'oi they are doing well at the moment'

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Wrong El Dingo that would have been well worth a bruised toe but even then would not have bruised his ego.

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    waclor

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • Wiv, I am sure Swansea are delighted to be playing in the Europa Cup, but last season was probably a one off as all the big clubs bowed out early so to speak. Most years of late, they have dominated the competition. However, when you look at the crowds this competition draws, who wants to be drawn away to one of the 2nd division clubs to play in front of a handful of supporters. Fine, if our club had a reasonable chance of winning but right now getting things sorted for the Premiership has to be top priority, hence I see this game as the ideal chance to get things right team wise. If we win then great, but if we lose by the odd goal, lets say 4-3, then we will at least have sorted out the attack. I suspect Bunn will be in goal tonight but I would hope for a relatively strong first team other than that.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • I sure hope RvW didn't hurt his toe in kicking Snodgrass up the jacksy...

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    el dingo

    Monday, September 23, 2013

  • would be good to see murphy get a start,as well as fox and becchio.cant see that happening though as hughton never wants to try anything different!

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    tonyb

    Monday, September 23, 2013

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