Norwich City boss Neil Adams has only one World Cup wish

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup group win over Chile. Picture: AP - Credit: AP

Neil Adams' one World Cup wish is to see his Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer return home unscathed.

The 24-year-old's goalscoring bow in the group stage win over Chile came at a cost when he was ruled out of the last 16 win over Mexico with a hamstring injury.

Fer is expected to miss Saturday's quarter-final against Costa Rica but Adams is confident there will be no lasting impact on City's pre-season build up.

'Our physios are speaking to the Dutch physios and hopefully he is fit to play a part if they continue to progress in the tournament,' said Adams. 'It is not a bad injury but I know Leroy will be really frustrated not to have been able to push on and play in the Mexico game. To score in a World Cup I can only imagine how he was feeling and to score such a great goal, a crucial goal for a big country is fantastic for the lad and Norwich City to have that representation on such a global stage.'

Adams has had to ration his World Cup watching as he looks to ensure the Canaries' hit the ground running.

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'I'll be honest I've not seen an awful lot of it because most of the 5pm kick offs I have been working,' he said. 'The entertainment factor is certainly there. It's probably the best World Cup because there hasn't been one nailed-on winner. Every team at different stages has looked vulnerable, a lot of sides have looked excellent and that combination has produced so much good, attacking, end-to-end football. You are getting the odd mistakes as well which are all leading to goals.'

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