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Hughton hopeful over Kane

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hopes on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane could be back in action for the hectic festive schedule.

Kane could return after recovering from a broken metatarsal.

The England Under-19 international had made just three appearances for the Canaries when he hobbled out of a Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster in September with what turned out to be a serious foot injury.

However, Kane is now stepping up his rehabilitation after returning from treatment with parent club Tottenham, and Hughton hopes the frontman could be available ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Chelsea, which is swiftly followed by a home clash with champions Manchester City.

"Harry has completed about five days training in total, four of them with Tottenham. He is at the stage now where he has to keep developing his fitness," said Hughton.

"We have to determine over this next week or so when he is available for games. I think he has done a lot of good rehab, but is good news for us.

"I feel for the lad because he came here with a real spring in his step.

"The good thing is he is young and the type of injury he had, he will make a full recovery from, possibly for Christmas, but it is too soon to assess yet. He needs a week's training."

Norwich will be out to bounce back from the 4-1 midweek Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Aston Villa and former boss Paul Lambert when Wigan head to Norfolk on Saturday.

The Canaries had been unbeaten in all competitions since October 6, and Hughton is confident his men have what it takes as they go in search of what would be an impressive fifth straight home Premier League win.

"It wasn't difficult to pick them up because we are on a good run at the minute," said Hughton.

"We had managed to get ourselves into the quarter-finals of the cup competition and were probably just beaten on the day by a more clinical side.

"We have done well. I can't fault the endeavours of the lads, but it wasn't to be.

"We have to get back to basics and continue the league form."

Norwich were missing playmaker Wes Hoolahan (groin) and midfield enforcer Alex Tettey (thigh) through injury against Villa, but both could come back into contention this weekend.

Scotland defender Steven Whittaker (hip) will be assessed, but wingers Ryan Bennett and Andrew Surman (both knee) are not yet in contention.