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Hughton: Needs Canaries response

Hughton: Needs Canaries response

Norwich will seek a return to winning ways when they visit struggling West Ham at Upton Park in the Premier League on New Year's Day.

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The Hammers have not been in good form after a bright start to the season, winning just once in their last eight fixtures. They now find themselves in 12th on the table with 23 points, and are in danger of falling into a relegation scrap.

Sam Allardyce will be without the suspended James Collins, who received his fifth caution against Reading, meaning James Tomkins is set to start at centre-back.

Kevin Nolan is also suspended for the match, allowing Ricardo Vaz Te to return to the starting line-up for the first time since dislocating his shoulder three months ago.

The east LOndoners have no fresh injury concerns with long-term absentees Mohamed Diame (hamstring), George McCartney (knee ligament) and Andy Carroll (knee) still on the mend.

The Canaries, meanwhile, are looking to get their season back on track after a poor run of form. They were on a 10-game unbeaten run at the start of December, but have since gone on to win just one in their last five outings.

Chris Hughton's side are thus in 12th place on the league table, just two ahead of their hosts on Saturday.

Steve Morison was taken off in their last game against Manchester City with a groin injury and is unlikely to feature against the Hammers on Saturday.

Grant Holt could make his return to the side soon, but the trip to the capital may come too soon.

Harry Kane and Simeon Jackson are the likely faces to take Morison's place upfront. Steven Whittaker will remain sidelined with a hip injury, while John Ruddy is still recovering from a thigh injury.

Posted: 31/12/12 11:31

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