Norwich City face an anxious wait for injury news on Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass
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Chris Hughton faces a mounting midfield injury crisis ahead of Crystal Palace's Premier League visit with Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass the latest casualties to emerge from the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Newcastle.
Both will undergo further medical tests over the next few days to assess the extent of hamstring and knee injuries respectively, but with Elliott Bennett and Alex Tettey already ruled out until the new year Hughton has limited options for this weekend's Eagles' league test.
Teenage duo Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy are the only other recognised wide midfielders left in his squad although Hughton has deployed Steven Whittaker and Martin Olsson in advanced positions down the flanks earlier this season.
City's medical team is now awaiting the results of a scan on Sunday night on Pilkington's hamstring injury suffered during the second half of the Magpies' defeat that saw him stretchered away before leaving the stadium on crutches. Scottish international Snodgrass was a spectator at St James' Park after damaging his knee in training on the eve of the trip to Tyneside.
'Hopefully Anthony won't be too bad but we need to find solutions if that is the case,' said Hughton, pictured. 'We won't know how bad it is until it settles down. It seems like Anthony has got a hamstring strain, but as regards what level that is something we won't be able to determine until we assess him over the next day or two.
'That was a bit of a blow for us as we lost Robert at the start of Friday's training session. After coming back from playing the two games for Scotland he just felt his knee. We took him with us because we felt it might settle down over 24 hours. It hasn't and at this moment it is probably too early to say how serious it is. With Elliott out since the first game of the season (against Everton) as well after damaging his knee ligaments and needing surgery it is another blow for us in that wide midfield area.'