Saturday 21 April 2018

Holt doubt for Baggies clash

Grant Holt has scored four goals for Norwich this season
Grant Holt has scored four goals for Norwich this season

Norwich captain Grant Holt is "touch and go" to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's trip to West Brom, manager Chris Hughton has confirmed.

Striker Holt hobbled off during the closing stages of last weekend's 2-1 home win over Wigan, which extended the Canaries' unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 10 matches. The 31-year-old, who has netted four goals this season, revealed on Twitter earlier this week scans had shown the problem was "not as bad as first thought".

Hughton will leave a decision on Norwich's talisman until as late as possible and he told a press conference: "The good news is it is certainly not anywhere near as bad as either it could be or as we feared it might be - but I would have to say Grant is touch and go for the weekend."

He added: "If he did miss West Brom, we would certainly hope he is fit enough for the rest of the Christmas period."

Despite concerns over Holt, there was positive news this week on the recovery of Harry Kane. The on-loan Tottenham striker, 19, stepped up his rehabilitation from a broken metatarsal with a run-out for the Under-21s, scoring twice in the 3-1 win over West Ham.

Kane had made just two appearances for Norwich before he suffered the injury against Doncaster in the Capital One Cup at the end of September.

Hughton, though, revealed the England Under-19 forward could come into contention ahead of the hectic festive schedule.

He said: "Harry is certainly there or thereabouts. The decision we have to make on Harry is the fact he has been out for such a long time.

"Harry has done a fair bit of work, but he will be lacking in some areas, which is normal, but the good news is the injury is fine.

"It is good to have him back. If he was involved (at West Brom) it would be based on the fact he has done enough. We don't want him to break down."

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