Norwich City boss Chris Hughton - Red card will not worry Robert Snodgrass
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Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass will suffer no lasting effects from his red card on international duty, manager Chris Hughton confidently predicts.
Snodgrass quickly went from potential hero to villain in Scotland's 2-1 home defeat by Wales in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park eight days ago.
Seven minutes into the second half, with the Scots leading 1-0, he struck the post with a splendid effort that could have put his side well in control, but less than 20 minutes later he conceded the penalty that changed the game and was shown a second yellow card into the bargain.
Snodgrass felled Chris Gunter with an over-enthusiastic challenge and handed Wales a one-man advantage and the initiative in the match when Aaron Ramsey scored from the spot, closely followed by Hal Robson-Kanu's winner.
Suspended for Scotland's Group A game in Serbia four days later, Snodgrass inadvertently earned a longer break than expected and is set to return to Premier League action this afternoon when the Canaries face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium (3pm) – and Hughton is sure there will be no hangover.
'Snoddy is fine,' he said. 'It is the ups and downs of the game. Firstly, he is representing his country, which is a plus, and I think his desire to want to do well perhaps led to that challenge which he was yellow-carded for.
'That of course meant he missed the (Serbia) game, which won't do us any harm.
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'It was a difficult one for him because you don't want to be sent off in any game, let alone an international, but he will be fine.'
Former Republic of Ireland international Hughton was also surprised that City's Wes Hoolahan was given only 13 minutes of action in his country's two World Cup Group C qualifiers.
Hoolahan was a 77th-minute substitute for the injured Robbie Keane in the 0-0 draw in Sweden, but was kept on the bench for the 2-2 draw against Austria in Dublin.
'I was disappointed for Wes, certainly with Robbie Keane out of the game,' he said. 'There was of course an opportunity perhaps to play so I was disappointed for him personally.'
The rest of City's internationals are available for today's game, with Steven Whittaker coming through 90 minutes for Scotland in Serbia and Sébastien Bassong, Kei Kamara, Simeon Jackson back from their travels.
Russell Martin has recovered from the hamstring problem that forced his withdrawal from the Scotland squad before the trip to Serbia, while Ryan Bennett is fit despite not being involved with England Under-21s.
City will be forced into at least one change, however, with goalkeeper Mark Bunn suspended after his red card in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland. Lee Camp replaces him, while 20-year-old Jed Steer will be on the bench.
Midfielder Alex Tettey is also available after missing four matches with a knee injury.
Hughton expects in-form Wigan to make life tough for City as they bid for another escape from relegation.
'The ironic thing is they have found themselves in this position before and they are very good at this stage of the season,' he said.
'Arguably they have played better this season than previous seasons so it is a little surprising to see them where they are.'
Goalkeeper John Ruddy is back in training with the Canaries after four months on the sidelines, but will not be involved today. City Under-21s' game against Reading at Colney on Monday (2pm) could offer him his first chance of a comeback.