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Hoolahan on Norwich bench again but Hughton insists he's going nowhere

The Norwich midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa.

Wes Hoolahan chases the ball under the close supervision of Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic.
Wes Hoolahan chases the ball under the close supervision of Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic.
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WES HOOLAHAN WILL be hoping to get off the bench against Everton this afternoon as Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is in town.

Keane is on a scouting mission at Goodison Park this afternoon and will get to see Irish players Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in action for the Toffees. Hoolahan had featured in a number of festive outings for the Canaries but is back playing a supporting role.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton insisted this week that Hoolahan still has a future at the East Anglian club. The Irish midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa. Hughton said, “There will always enquiries. We’ll make enquiries about certain players and clubs will make enquiries about some of our players. It’s a normal part of the game.”

“[Hoolahan] is a player here who is, first and foremost, under contract. He’s a player who, apart from the cup game [against Fulham], played in the last two games. He is as important as every other player in the squad… at this particular moment he is very much part of the squad,” Hughton added.

The former Shelbourne midfielder has only started five league games for Norwich this season and has played a paltry 418 minutes.

*You can listen to the full Chris Hughton interview here.

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