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Chris Hughton says Wes Hoolahan is committed to Norwich's cause

Updated: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 19:16 | Comments

Wes Hoolahan in contention to be picked this weekend
Wes Hoolahan in contention to be picked this weekend

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Norwich manager Chris Hughton has insisted Wes Hoolahan is committed to the Canaries' cause after the wantaway winger was denied a January move.

Hoolahan had a transfer request rejected last month after Aston Villa, managed by former Carrow Road boss Paul Lambert, had a bid rebuffed by Norwich.

Hughton has spoken to the Ireland international this week, but declined to disclose the content of the conversation.

The Canaries boss was adamant, though, Hoolahan will not be leaving on loan and is in contention for Saturday's match at home to Manchester City.

"Wes will be in the squad," Hughton said.

"There is only one thing that is certain now: Wes will be here.

"Wes is very committed. We have a 14-game end-of-season run-in and he's very much there for the challenge, very much part of the squad.

"He's very motivated. He's knuckled down very well in training. He is a good player as we are all aware of and he will be fighting the same as everyone else for a place.

"He's trained very well and he's very focused."

The 31-year-old Dubliner has not played since the New Year's Day draw at Crystal Palace and made his wishes clear last month.

But Hughton does not anticipate a negative reaction from supporters at Carrow Road on Saturday.

"The only things I'm thinking about Wes at this particular moment are all positive," Hughton added.

"He's a very popular member here. He's done some wonderful things for this football club and we are very much looking forward to him being part of these past 14 games and giving everything he's got."

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