Thursday 17 January 2019

Canaries boss hopes for Wes recovery

Norwich City boss Neil Adams has eased fears about the fitness of Ireland star Wes Hoolahan.

The Dubliner was substituted during their midweek win over Brentford and following assessment by medical staff, an ankle problem was diagnosed.

That sparked concern for Norwich as Hoolahan has been in superb form for the Canaries this season while Ireland boss Martin O'Neill was also keen to get an update on the player's fitness with a view to next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.

But Adams says Hoolahan could be back in action this weekend. "Wes had a little bit of a knock on his ankle, we'll have a look at that, I wouldn't say he's a doubt at the moment - he didn't come off because of his injury, we found out he'd hurt his ankle when he came off so that's a good thing," said Adams.

"The medical people will do what they need to do, and Wes will be confident that he can make it."

Hoolahan had become a firm part of the Ireland game plan under Martin O'Neill but he was omitted by the national team boss for the first game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, with Stephen Quinn pocked ahead of Hoolahan in a midfield role.

There were aleady doubts over the fitness of Andy Reid - he missed the Oman/Georgia double header as he needed an injection and while he returned to play for his club, Reid was substituted in Nottingham Forest's clash with Derby County last week, and O'Neill would like to have at least one of those player available for the games next month.

Meanwhile, Ireland defender Shane Duffy hopes to get the nod from Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer to make his full debut tomorrow. He made his first appearance as a late sub in a midweek league game but he hopes to start against Fulham tomorrow.

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