Last Updated: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:11
Chris Hughton insisted he left Robert Snodgrass and Gary Hooper out of Norwich's draw against Everton because they were not fully fit.
Canaries fans were hoping to see striker Hooper make his competitive debut at Carrow Road following his move from Celtic in the close-season. However, a shin injury he picked up in the final pre-season friendly win against Panathinaikos a week earlier had not sufficiently healed for him to be in contention.
Snodgrass was also an omission after failing a pre-match fitness test on a groin problem with Hughton hopeful both players could feature against Hull City on Saturday.
He told the Evening News: "Gary wasn't as close as we would have liked. There was no serious damage, but now it's just how quickly he can put a little bit of weight on it and the pain goes away. We'll look to push him and hopefully he will be in contention for Hull.
"With Robert we had a fairly big decision to make before this game. He finished the (Scotland) match on Wednesday and didn't feel it at all on the Thursday, but came in on Friday morning and said he had a bit of pain.
"He did a fitness test before the game and if we had played him he might have been fine but the fact it was a groin you never know. Hopefully now by taking this precaution it will just be a few days when it might have ended up a few weeks."
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