Norwich's Van Wolfswinkel to get FA Cup start

Chris Hughton feels Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against Fulham is the ideal opportunity for Ricky van Wolfswinkel to showcase his talents.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich

The £8.5million summer purchase from Sporting Lisbon has so far endured a testing debut season in the Barclays Premier League, scoring just once on the opening day before suffering a toe injury.

Hughton, though, is ready to hand the Holland international a first start since October 6 against the Cottagers, who secured a 2-1 league win at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.

"We will certainly use the squad, but that is more a necessity with the ones we have out and some which have knocks," said Hughton, whose side drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace on New Year's Day to edge a point further away from the dropzone.

"Ricky will certainly play. He has come on in the last few games and he would have done so at Crystal Palace, but Leroy (Fer) got sent off at that moment late in the game.

"He has had an introduction, if not starting, since the injury so the call to start him on Saturday is the ideal one."

Norwich lost centre-back Michael Turner to a hamstring problem during the second half at Selhurst Park, where they had taken the lead through Bradley Johnson's fine 20-yard strike.

The defender is set for a scan to determine the extent of the injury, while midfielder Jonny Howson will also miss out with his niggling back complaint as does Fer, who serves a one-match ban after collecting two yellow cards against Palace, one which resulted in a penalty from which the home side equalised through Jason Puncheon.

Midfielder David Fox, meanwhile, has returned from a three-month loan at Barnsley, so could be included again this weekend.

Hughton said at a press conference: "We miss Leroy (Fer) as well as Michael and Jonny, so it is an opportunity to use the squad, but with the main objective still of making sure we go through.

"We don't know what sort of side Fulham are going to put out, but we certainly want to win the game and progress."

Norwich's draw in what were atrocious conditions at Selhurst Park retained their slender three-point cushion over the bottom three.

It was a third away game without defeat for Hughton's side, who lost twice at home over Christmas.

Winger Robert Snodgrass believes Norwich should take the positives out of what was a testing trip to south London.

"We got the ball down and played it at times and it was quite nice to watch - even in these conditions," said Snodgrass, who has returned to the side following a knee injury.

"Conceding the penalty right before half-time knocked us a little bit, but otherwise I can't remember Palace having any major chances.

"It was more set-pieces, and it was then hard to get going in the second half."

Snodgrass added in the Eastern Daily Press: "On overall reflection of the game, I thought there was only one team that was going to win it, but we dug deep and away from home, a point is a good result."

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