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Norwich's Hughton has no qualms with Hoolahan

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says Wes Hoolahan has a big part to play in the clubs season run-in.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder handed in a transfer request last month as he pushed for a winter move to Aston Villa but the Canaries blocked his desired departure as they feel he is a key player at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan was left out of the matchday squad for last weekend's 2-1 loss at Cardiff City but Hughton insists he will be included as the Norfolk club prepare for the visit of Manchester City on Saturday.

"Wes will be in the squad. There is only one thing that is certain now: Wes will be here," said Hughton.

"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."

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