Dual defensive blow for Norwich
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Grant fears Gary Doherty and Craig Fleming could be out until Christmas.
Peter Grant fears Norwich City's defensive duo Gary Doherty and Craig Fleming could be out until Christmas.
Doherty is carrying a back complaint and Fleming has a hamstring injury, with both players missing Saturday's win over Sunderland.
Canaries boss Grant offered a pessimistic outlook for when the centre halves will be available for selection again.
"It could be Christmas," admitted Grant. "Early December, late December, I don't know.
"Doc has got a problem with his back, but things are not looking good for anything less than November, that's for sure - the same with Flem."
Dion Dublin was pressed into emergency use as a centre half against The Black Cats and produced a man-of-the-match performance.
But, even with Doherty and Fleming sidelined, Grant is thought to want the veteran Dublin to revert back to a striking role.