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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ricky van Wolfswinkel will make his first Norwich City start in three months when he lines up against Fulham in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.
Canaries’ chief Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon the club-record signing will get a chance to impress after an injury-hit start to his Carrow Road career saw him miss eight matches with a muscular toe injury. Hughton will delay selecting the rest of his team with City nursing ‘one or two’ knocks following the New Year’s Day 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace but Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) definitely miss out while Leroy Fer is banned for his two yellow cards at Selhurst Park.
“We will certainly use the squad but that is more a necessity with the ones we have out,” said Hughton. “I still have to pick the team and it might be a late one because we have one or two knocks that we also have to assess but Ricky will certainly play. He has come on in the last few games and he would have done so at Crystal Palace but Leroy got sent off at that moment late in the game. He has had an introduction, if not starting, since the injury so the call to start him on Saturday is the ideal one.
“We miss Leroy (Fer) as well as Michael and Jonny so it is an opportunity to use the squad but with the main objective of ensuring we go through.”
Turner is set to undergo further scans later on Thursday to assess the extent of a hamstring injury suffered in the second half at Selhurst Park.
“We don’t know yet, but I can confirm it was the hamstring he felt,” said Hughton. “He will have a scan later today and then we will know the extent of it. He is a little bit sore this morning but he is not someone who has been susceptible to that type of injury in the past so we hope it is not that bad. With Jonny we never felt at the beginning and we still don’t that it’s a serious injury, but is one that we have to wait to settle down. That is still not the case so he will miss the weekend and then we will see what next week brings.”
Hughton also confirmed midfielder David Fox is available for selection against the Cottagers after returning from a three-month loan stint at Championship club Barnsley.
“Yes, he is back with us after his loan period but he hadn’t played in the last five or six games for them,” said Hughton. “We’ll make a decision on that one along with the rest of the squad over these next few days.”