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Thursday 14 December 2017

Norwich have to rein in eager Irish star Hoolahan

WES Hoolahan is so desperate to return from injury that he has been sneaking into training sessions, Canaries manager Neil Adams has claimed.

Hoolahan has missed his club's last six games, as well as the last two international matches, after he suffered an injury against Fulham last month, and the club still have no firm idea of when the Dubliner will be fit again.

But boss Adams says that Hoolahan is very keen - too keen - to get back to action and back in a Canaries shirt. "They are out there running around and doing a few bits and Wes tried to join in on the quiet," said Adams of Hoolahan and fellow injury victim Vadis Ofoe.

"I think he pinched someone's training bib and we had to send him away but that just shows he is not a million miles away.

"The physios will tell you a couple of weeks, Wes would say a couple of minutes, but him and Vadis are exactly the same. They desperately want to step up training from running to working on the ball," he added.

Hoolahan, along with fellow attacker Andy Reid, has endured a frustrating period due to injury which has seen the pair unable to play for their clubs while they have also been forced to miss a number of key internationals, though Reid has said he hopes to be back in the Nottingham Forest side in time for the busy Christmas period, Forest clearly struggling in his absence.

Meanwhile, Charlton will have to manage without in-form Irish keeper Stephen Henderson yet again today when they face Ipswich in front of the live TV cameras.

Dubliner Henderson had impressed for the Addicks this season and his form has sparked calls for an Ireland call-up and a first-ever senior cap, but he suffered a shoulder injury before last week's clash with Millwall and will be unable to play again today against an Ipswich side who could hand a debut to new Irish signing Noel Hunt.

"He's not going to be available. He's struggling with a tendon in his shoulder," said Charlton boss Bob Peeters.

"If we play him or let him train, he could be out for a long time."

Sean St Ledger also joined Ipswich earlier this week but he may have to wait for his debut.

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