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HUGHTON ON SWANSEA

14 December 2013

Manager to make late call on van Wolfswinkel

CHRIS Hughton says he will leave it as late as possible to decide whether Ricky van Wolfswinkel will make his return from injury this weekend against Swansea City.

The Dutch international forward has been absent with a toe injury since the Canaries' meeting with Cardiff City in October, but has successfully come through his training sessions this week.

“He had two training sessions with the team earlier in the week where he didn’t complete the whole session, and then he trained fully on Friday. We just need to assess exactly where he is," said Hughton at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“Touch wood at the moment the injury’s fine. We just need to assess whether he’s done enough to be included at the weekend. The good news is that injury-wise, he’s fine.

"Robert Snodgrass is making really good progress too - he has an outside chance of making the Sunderland game."

Swansea visit Carrow Road on the back a gruelling week that has seen them play Hull City on Monday and their crucial Europa League Group A game against St Gallen on Thursday.

Hughton wasn't to be drawn on whether that would prove an advantage or a disadvantage for his side, though.

“Swansea have had a tough week and they’re going to have to dig deep for another game, but you could look at it another way in that it could galvanise them.

“What we do know about them is that they’ve got some very good footballers, but we can only look after our own business and it doesn’t matter who we play, we’re on the back of a good result and we have to look at it as an opportunity to get back-to-back wins."

In off-the-pitch news this week, Team Captain Sebastien Bassong signed a new deal with the Club and City's boss is delighted that the defender has reaffirmed his commitment to the Canaries.

“We’re absolutely delighted. He struggled a bit at the start because he had an operation in the summer and missed the whole of pre-season, but this is somebody who was voted Player of the Season last season and he’s now coming into more a stride with his game.

“I think by him putting pen-to-paper on a new contract shows what the Club firstly means to him and the ambition that this football club has."


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