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Injured Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan ruled out until December

14:59 23 October 2014

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is ruled out until December with ankle ligament damage. 
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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is ruled out until December with ankle ligament damage. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has been ruled out until December with ankle ligament damage.

The Republic of Ireland international visited a specialist on Wednesday to assess the extent of the injury suffered in last weekend’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Fulham and City boss Neil Adams confirmed at Colney he is planning for life without Hoolahan.

Adams revealed the 32-year-old will also miss out on the Republic’s Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland next month although the Norwich boss is confident the midfielder will not require surgery.

“I don’t think he will need surgery but we just have to make a final decision on that,” said Adams. “It will be a number of weeks. It’s ankle ligament damage, as we first feared.

It could have been worse but we were hoping for better news and a shorter timescale. We all feared that with the way he signalled to the bench straight-away. When a player does that you always think they know their own bodies. He knew he had a bit of a serious injury.”

Luciano Becchio is another longer term absentee after breaking his heel during a loan stint at Rotherham.

“Luciano has a week off now because there is nothing we can do with him right now,” he said. “I don’t think he will be having an op on it, just rehab and he will do that here. Again, that one was a freak injury. A broken heel I don’t think there has been too many of those. I don’t know of too many.”

Adams reported no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday following Tuesday’s Championship home draw against Leeds. Jos Hooiveld was fit for duty against the Whites but not part of the match day squad. Fellow centre back Ryan Bennett is back in light training.

“Jos was fine. He trained the day before the game but just wasn’t in the squad,” said Adams. “Everyone else has come through okay from Leeds. Ryan is out on the training pitch now and that is great to see from my point of view. It was really disappointing for him to pick up that injury early on against Ipswich and then have a longish injury. He is lapping around with the physios now and doing some sprints.”

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12 comments

  • Mr Framboise. Don't you agree that Wes is lost way too often. What ever his #10 qualities are he is still out of play a lot. I'm not saying I dislike him.

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    JDeehan

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • I agree with a lot of what's being said. Whittaker was a bit of a passenger on Tuesday. I really don't think Wes and BJ should play in the same team, one of them slowing things down is bad enough but with both the opposition gets a real chance to organise the defence. Two defenders seem to have escaped criticism though, Olsen is not the player he was last season, way too many sideways passes. Finally a bit of sacrilege (possibly even worse than criticising Wes), a lot of teams have gone away from Carrow Road with a point this season because their keeper has played a blinder, I would love to be in a position to say the same about ours!

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    PaulWho

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • glad to hear WH will be missing for a while, hold on, He's been missing during most of our games.... totally over rated as is liability lafferble....

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    john dab

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • JDeehan, d@ftest comment of the week. We want all our squad fit and well and available when needed. Wes offers something different from all the rest but needs to be used when it makes sense, not every week.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • tonyb, he is also the best crosser of the ball that we have at this club

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Howson reads the game well and can deliver telling passes. He is also the one midfielder who is willing to drive on when he gets the chance and support the front men. Too often on Tuesday Jerome and Lafferty were isolated up front with little support from mididld. Allied to that was the lack of a good flow of balls from wide into the penalty box. No wonder we are not creating enough real goalscoring opportunities. Our front men are having to feed on scraps.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • we need a CB with pace,Hooiveld certainly lacks it,what about cuellar or miquel?we also need a RB with pace as whitaker is slower than jos!give lil benno a try at RB,cant do any worse!Cant see what the fuss is with wes being out,has not set up too many goals has he.Now Howson needs to shine and make himself undropable,give vadis or o'neil or both a chance.we need to go back to 4-5-1 on Saturday.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Good news really. Even though I like Wes as a #10 I find him out of place and out of play sometimes. Now it's time for Howson or Vadis to step up and deliver.

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    JDeehan

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • TK; I thought Hooiveld was injured. Perhaps I`m wrong there. Shame about Wes, he can be a bit special, and somebody needs to step up to the plate. We have VO-O, O`Neil and Howson. It shouldn`t be a crisis. Perhaps Cameron King could be included in a match day squad? Tom Acadeyemi would be a good "up `n` coming, but he`s injured anyway, atmo. No time for faint hearts - the squad should be plenty strong enough. No excuses...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • …..What an opportunity for Howson to stake his claim!...no one looking over his shoulder!....Question is!...Is he up to the task??.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Do you think with this injury that NA may be tempted into the emergency loan market?? Don't know who he would go for though, a young up & coming star for a bit of game time or an old head who isn't getting a game?

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    rob87

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Sad to see that Wes will miss a few games but hopefully he will be back for the Christmas period at least. Given that our defence had looked better with Hooiveld playing alongside Turner, I am surprised to see he was simply left out of the squad on Tuesday. He is able to pass the ball out of defence with some quality and that has been missing the last few games. I would like to see the return of a back four of Olsson, Hooiveld, Turner and Martin this coming weekend.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

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