Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel ruled out for West Ham Premier League test. Nathan Redmond a major injury doubt
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Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is not fit to face West Ham in Saturday's televised Premier League game at Carrow Road.
The Dutch international has failed to overcome the foot injury that forced him to miss last weekend's 7-0 top flight hammering at Manchester City. Nathan Redmond is also struggling to be fit with the teenager yet to return to training after the hip problem suffered in the Capital One Cup exit at Manchester United. Redmond was left out of the England Under-21s squad on Thursday lunchtime for upcoming Uefa European Championship qualifiers against Finland and San Marino, but Chris Hughton has yet to rule the midfielder out of his final plans for the Hammers' visit.
Robert Snodgrass has been passed following his recent concussion and with Elliott Bennett (knee) also a longer term absentee Hughton confirmed he had no plans to recall the likes of fellow midfielders Andrew Surman or David Fox, who are currently out on loan.
'It is not something I have considered at this moment but of course depending on the number of injuries you always have that option as a manager. Right now it is not something I am looking to do,' he said. 'Yes, Ricky will be out (for West Ham). The good news with him is that he is very close, but not close enough. Redmond, we are going to see if he can train on Friday and if he can then he puts himself in contention for the weekend. Snodgrass is fine.'
Hughton insisted at his pre-match Colney press conference the Canaries know what is expected after a humiliating league defeat at Manchester City kept the pressure firmly on the manager and his squad.
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'This is a perfect opportunity for us,' he said. 'We want a reaction and it doesn't really matter who we are playing. It so happens it is a home game and we would rather have that, but this is the first opportunity after what happened last weekend. We are very conscious what the effect of a couple of wins on the bounce will do to our league position and to the perception around the club. It is an emotional game, you support your team and it does not make great reading for anyone connected to Norwich, irrespective of how we had played at times in those games. The table doesn't lie and we are on the back of a really poor defeat so we need to see a reaction.'
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England squad for the friendlies against Chile on November 15 and Germany on November 19 is as follows:
Forster (Celtic), Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich); Baines (Everton), Cahill, Cole (both Chelsea), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Jones, Smalling (both Manchester United), Walker (Tottenham); Barkley (Everton), Carrick, Cleverley (both Manchester United), Gerrard, Henderson (both Liverpool), Lallana (Southampton), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Townsend (Tottenham), Wilshere (Arsenal); Defoe (Tottenham), Lambert, Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).