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Norwich City likely to have Gary Hooper amongst their ranks for Crystal Palace test

Gary Hooper should be fit to face Crystal Palace. Photo: PA

Norwich City have been handed a boost ahead of Wednesday's crucial Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace with the news that striker Gary Hooper should be available to make the trip to Selhurst Park.

The Canaries' top scorer limped off during the second half of the recent 1-0 defeat to Manchester United after complaining of a hamstring strain, but those fears have now been downplayed.

Gary Hooper is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the winner against Crystal Palace in November. Credit: PA

Hooper bagged the winning goal in the return fixture at Carrow Road earlier this season as City came out on top, and Hughton is confident that the frontman will be fit to face the Eagles once again:

"On Saturday, it was very much a precaution.

It was something that he (Hooper) flagged up to us at half-time, and we needed to make sure that he was OK.

"He's fine and we expect him to train tomorrow."

– Chris Hughton, Norwich City Manager

Norwich go into the fixture on the back of a miserable festive period which saw them beaten twice in a matter of days.

However, the Canaries still sit in 14th place in the table as teams around them failed to capitalise, but they will be wary of a resurgent Crystal Palace side who have won three of their last six games.

Former Peterborough United striker Dwight Gayle scored Crystal Palace's winner against Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Credit: PA

Victory for Palace would see them move level on points with City, but Hughton insists that his team will be going all out to ensure that they will be the team celebrating come the final whistle:

"It's a game that we'll certainly go into looking to win.

"We know the value of points at the moment, and we know which games we've got to come."

– Chris Hughton, Norwich City Manager

The game will once again come too soon for injured duo Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey, although Hughton confirmed that both players could be back in contention within the next couple of weeks.

Anthony Pilkington, seen here celebrating scoring against Chelsea, could return within the next couple of weeks. Credit: PA

Defender Michael Turner will return to the squad following his recent suspension, but Jonny Howson remains an injury doubt.