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Hughton: Norwich could cope without Holt

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said the Canaries will be able to cope without captain Grant Holt if injury roles him out of Saturday's game at West Bromwich Albion.

Striker Holt suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted as Norwich beat Wigan 2-1 at Carrow Road last weekend - their tenth Premier League game without defeat, setting a new club record.

It means he is touch and for a place in the side at the Hawthorns, which could give Steve Morison or Spurs loanee Harry Kane a chance to start up front.

Hughton said: "That's what the squad is about - that's why you want the players here that are not playing right now.

"You want the squad as competitive as possible. We have gone through a run where we haven't changed the team so much, but it is impossible to continue that.

"At some stage, players are going to miss games, but we want anybody that comes in to be as up to speed as possible. I would have no fears that whoever came in would do the best job they could."

However, he emphasised that Holt was not definitively ruled out of the game against the Baggies and said: "If he did miss West Brom, we would certainly hope he is fit enough for the rest of the Christmas period.

"Saturday probably will be a game too soon but with anybody, particularly someone like Grant, you don't want to rule him out.

"We will be guided by the medical department, and we certainly wouldn't take any risk that could put him out for a longer period."


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