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Hoolahan is happy to play his part.

NORWICH manager Chris Hughton has insisted Wes Hoolahan is committed to the Canaries' cause after the wantaway winger was denied a January move.

Hoolahan had a transfer request rejected last month after Aston Villa, managed by former Carrow Road boss Paul Lambert, had a bid rebuffed by Norwich.

Hughton has spoken to the Republic of Ireland international this week, but declined to disclose the content of the conversation.

The Canaries boss was adamant, though, Hoolahan will not be leaving on loan and is in contention for tomorrow's match at home to Manchester City.

Hughton said: "Wes will be in the squad.

"There is only one thing certain now: Wes will be here.

"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."

Hoolahan has not played since the New Year's Day draw at Crystal Palace and made his wishes clear last month.

However, Hughton does not anticipate a negative reaction from supporters tomorrow.

He added: "The only things I'm thinking about Wes at this particular moment are all positive."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 7, 2014
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