Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel faces a race against time to be fit for Cardiff’s Premier League visit
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in contention for a Premier League return against Cardiff City at Carrow Road this weekend.
Norwich's club-record signing missed the Arsenal defeat to rest the foot injury suffered originally in September's top flight home reverse to Aston Villa. Chris Hughton confirmed at his Thursday afternoon press conference ahead of the Bluebirds' visit that van Wolfswinkel will be given every chance over the next two days to prove his fitness. Swedish international Johan Elmander (thigh) is back in full training after also missing the recent trip to the Emirates following an injury suffered on World Cup duty.
'We're in decent shape at the moment,' said Hughton. 'Most were aware that Ricky missed out last week. He is close and it will be touch and go and we will make that decision over the next 48 hours. But he has a chance. Johan is back, though, and he has trained this week.'
Hughton's preparations have again been overshadowed by another alleged case of online racist abuse directed towards the Norwich manager in the past few days. Manchester City's Yaya Toure was also subjected to racist chanting in the Blues' midweek Champions League win in Moscow and Hughton admits the time has now come to act.
'Regards my own situation I'm disappointed, sad and angry. All of those emotions,' he said. 'It is not something that I should have to deal with but it is something I am having to deal with. It is in the hands of the appropriate authorities and I am quite sure the correct action will be taken. With what happened to Yaya Toure I think what they (Uefa) need to do is put themselves in a position as the ones who are being targeted and it is not a nice situation to be in - let me tell you. I think most of the penalties these days seem to be fines. Fines are easily paid by the bigger clubs. Do we need harsher penalties? Yes, we do. Absolutely. The only way you will see an about turn and improvement is when you have harsher penalties. It was a big Champions League game so Uefa have a real opportunity to do something. I think the punishments have to be a lot sterner.'