Injury not as bad as first thought says Norwich City captain Grant Holt

Norwich boss Chris Hughton admitted Grant Holt is a major injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd. Norwich boss Chris Hughton admitted Grant Holt is a major injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
10:15 AM

Norwich City striker Grant Holt believes the hamstring strain he picked up at the weekend is not too serious.

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The 31-year-old frontman was forced off during the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wigan after experiencing discomfort, prompting fears he might have to sit out the Canaries’ busy festive programme.

The club have yet to confirm the extent of the problem but Holt used his Twitter account yesterday to ease the fears of City supporters.

“We will find out about leg today sometime,” he wrote. “Not as bad as first thought but we will wait and see.”

The Canaries are expected to issue a fitness bulletin about Holt later in the week, so it remains to be seen if he will be fit for Saturday’s trip to West Browmich Albion, when Chris Hughton’s side will be going for a fourth straight league win.

The games come thick and fast after that with home matches against Chelsea on Boxing Day and Manchester City on Saturday week followed by a trip to West Ham on New Year’s Day and an FA Cup third round tie at Peterborough on Saturday, January 5.

Holt was out and about yesterday, visiting the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to spread festive cheer with colleagues Robert Snodgrass and Alexander Tettey.

After handing out gifts and signing autographs for youngsters the City striker spoke to Sky Sports about the stunning turnaround that has seen the Canaries go 10 matches unbeaten in the Premier League – after failing to win any of their opening seven fixtures.

“At the start of the season a lot of people were writing us off, saying Norwich weren’t doing this, weren’t doing that, that we were one-hit wonders,” he said.

“I said then it was going to take time, people had to get used to what the manager was trying to do.

“We are a little bit more defensive this year, a little bit tighter. We conceded a few against Liverpool and Chelsea and we sorted it out.

“Now everything has clicked and the lads are chipping in with goals left, right and centre. The team is performing and we are at a level where everyone knows what each of us are going to do.

“As soon as it clicked I think everyone could see we are a very tough side to break down with the quality we’ve got.”

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