Anxious wait for Canaries
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Norwich are facing an anxious wait over an ankle injury sustained by winger Lee Croft.
Norwich are facing an anxious wait over the ankle injury sustained by winger Lee Croft, but manager Peter Grant received more positive news on defender Gary Doherty.
Croft, 21, a summer signing from Manchester City, will undergo exploratory surgery on Thursday after visiting a specialist to resolve an injury he picked up in last month's defeat to Stoke.
"It's very much an investigative process rather than a case of carrying out extensive repair work," Canaries physio Neal Reynolds told the Norwich Evening News.
"He's going to have a similar operation to the one carried out on Adam Drury earlier in the season. If the arthroscopy reveals little damage, then we're looking at Lee possibly coming back in early December or even sooner.
"If the operation reveals more extensive damage then further surgery might be necessary, then we're into the longer term timescales the manager has already talked about."
Doherty, though, is poised to return to training next week.
The former Luton and Tottenham man aggravated a back injury during his side's derby draw with Colchester last week and initially feared he may be out until Christmas.
Those fears appear to have proved unfounded, however, leading Grant to reassess his transfer targets.
Grant said: "Doc is progressing very well - in fact he could be back in training again next week. The fact that he is progressing so well may alter may thinking in seeking cover."