Chris Hughton reveals injury concerns over Norwich City duo Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington after 2-1 Premier League Newcastle defeat
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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton revealed Robert Snodgrass was forced to miss the Canaries' 2-1 Premier League defeat against Newcastle with a knee injury.
The Scot cut a frustrated figure watching in the stands after travelling north with the squad on Friday but Hughton confirmed after the defeat on Tyneside he suffered a knee injury in training that had not responded to initial treatment. The midfielder will now undergo further tests with the club's medical staff early next week to assess the extent of the damage.
Anthony Pilkington was also stretchered off with a hamstring injury and left St James' Park on crutches to add to a growing injury list that already includes fellow midfielders Elliott Bennett (knee) and Alex Tettey (ankle) along with keeper Mark Bunn (ankle). Ricky van Wolfswinkel also missed the trip with his toe injury but Hughton admitted on Saturday evening it was too early to assess how long Pilkington and Snodgrass could be out ahead of Crystal Palace's league visit to Carrow Road next weekend.
'Anthony has felt his hamstring. How bad we won't obviously know for the next few days,' he said. 'That was a bit of a blow for us as we lost Robert Snodgrass yesterday. After coming back playing the two games for Scotland he just felt his knee in training on Friday. We'll have to see how he is. With Elliott out since the first game of the season after damaging his knee ligaments it is a blow for us in that wide midfield area.
'We just don't know what Robert has done. He felt it after a movement in training. We took him with us because we felt it might settle down in 24 hours. It hasn't and at this moment it is probably too early to determine how serious it is.'
Hughton admitted City ad paid for defensive charity at Newcastle in the opening period after Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran cashed in before Leroy Fer reduced the deficit in the 80th minute.
'You just can't afford to be 2-0 down at half-time and certainly not 1-0 down after two minutes,' he said. 'We made life too difficult for ourselves. We managed to create some chances and rallied well in the second half and made a real good go of it, but ultimately it is those goals that have done us today.'
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Magpies' chief Alan Pardew admitted the visitors did press his side back after the interval.
'I thought we looked a little tired in the second half. Norwich had a good second half but I felt we were in control of the game,' he said. 'That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win. This was as important as beating Chelsea and Spurs. We are looking really solid and have good influence off the bench. We are in good shape. We deserved to win. I don't think we were brilliant but the most important thing was the three points.'