Norwich City chief Chris Hughton defends safety first policy over Ricky van Wolfswinkel injury

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel returned to full training on Friday ahead of Swa

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel returned to full training on Friday ahead of Swansea's Premier League home test. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton feels a game of patience with club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel will pay dividends.

The Dutch striker is again ruled out of the weekend's Premier League trip to West Brom with a toe muscle injury that has sidelined him for the past six games.

Van Wolfswinkel has returned to light training this week and will step up his fitness bid ahead of Swansea's Carrow Road visit after the club's latest assignment at the Hawthorns. Hughton is not prepared to risk longer term damage by rushing him back into action.

'He has done some good running outside and the plans are that he will get through this weekend and hopefully train with the team next week,' said Hughton. 'At this moment Swansea is a possibility. He has a toe muscle injury but it is the type of injury if we pushed it too hard and he came back before he is ready he could be out longer term.

'It is not as simple as padding up his boot and playing through the pain. That can turn out to be is counter-productive and keep him out even longer.'

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Hughton reported no fresh injury concerns following the midweek defeat at Liverpool which saw academy prospect Josh Murphy gaining more Premier League experience.

'He is firmly around the squad now and he will benefit from that,' said Hughton. 'He is training with the first team on a regular basis, he has been in and around the squad and had minutes on the pitch and that will help his development no end. The good news is we have picked up no further injuries but if I look at the ones who are injured, none will be back for West Brom.'

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