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Second Op For Norwood But Back Before the End of the Season
Friday, 21st Feb 2020 10:42

Town joint-leading scorer James Norwood is facing a number of weeks on the sidelines due to a second groin operation.

The 29-year-old went under the knife for a nerve issue in October but has struggled to regain his best form since returning with his groin continuing to cause him problems and the decision has been made that he needs another operation.

“James Norwood has gone in for a little op this morning,” manager Paul Lambert said. “He’ll be out for a few weeks, but he’ll be back before the end of the season. But we have to get the groin sorted out, and that’s hopefully what will happen this morning.

While Lambert admits it’s a setback, he says it’s important for the striker’s problem to be resolved.

“For him, himself 100 per cent,” he added. “But we have to get to the bottom of this, it’s unfair him trying to keep playing through things, he’s got to go and get it sorted.

I think that’s played a major part with the way he’s been the last few weeks. I think it’s only right that everybody came to the decision thinking that it’s beneficial if he goes and gets it done.”

The Blues boss says it was something that they had hoped could wait until the summer.

“I think so,” he said. “You’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Do you get back fit for the last six weeks or so of the season fully fit and go from there or do you keep putting him at risk or hinder it?

“He’s not getting any better, and his performances are dipping and things like that, so we thought it was best for everybody if he went and got it done – especially for James himself.”

While Town can’t recall any of their loanees as cover - such as Jordan Roberts at Gillingham - Lambert says he has players who can come into his team at his disposal.

“I’ve got Teddy Bishop back, I’ve got Freddie Sears back and Will Keane and Kayden Jackson. So, I’ve still got a lot of attacking options on that front.”

Regarding Bishop, he added: "I don’t think he’s a centre-forward. I think he’s probably a more attacking midfielder or a 10 if you want to call it that.

"I think when he came on on Saturday he gave you something different, but even at Tranmere he gave you something different, then we lost him.

"As I said, the secret to Bish I think is being fit, that’s the secret to him. If he does that, then he’s got a really, really big career in front of him."


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PortmanTerrorist added 10:46 - Feb 21
Explains performances as he is way better than he has been recently. Question is whether we are getting him right for play-offs or next season ?
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superblues9 added 11:00 - Feb 21
Why’s it taken so long to come to this conclusion ? And if he’s already had one op why wasn’t it all done then is it club cutting corners ? Feel
Sorry for bloke been hurting for so long when this could of been done months ago
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Ipswich_Sniffer added 11:19 - Feb 21
He is useless anyway. Never seen player miss so many chances.
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RaymondovicBlue added 11:24 - Feb 21
Need to be fit AND confident.... Murph scored so many goals that one season because he believed he would score every time he tried and because he was fully fit and able to put in the best shots. AT LAST SOME HONESTY... "His performances dipping"... YES they were.... But now we know why. Good brave pro to try to fight through but on reflection he should perhaps have had this second op weeks ago??
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timkatieadamitfc added 11:25 - Feb 21
At least we might see Sears play in his proper position, hope he is back for play offs.
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MickMillsTash added 11:30 - Feb 21
I thought the only way we were going to get up is if Norwood returned to be the player at Burton away and Sunderland at home rather than of late.
Explains why he gets subbed after 70 minutes or is on the bench

Step Up Will Keane - need a good performance from him

Hopefully Huws plays tomorrow - without Norwood we will have limited 'physicality'
* apologies for talksport football speak
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Edmundo added 11:31 - Feb 21
Honest from Lambert - he knows Norwood is better than he's shown so far. Hope the op goes well, Nors, and see you for those last vital matches. Could be the difference come "squeaky bum time".
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Radlett_blue added 11:32 - Feb 21
A second operation for the same issue. Yet again, we seem to be struggling to deal with an injured player. This has been a constant theme over the past few years and it suggests we have a poor sports science department or Evans is doing things on the cheap. I hope the same doesn't happen to KVY.
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Nobbysnuts added 12:03 - Feb 21
The jury is still out for me on Norwood. Admittedly he couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo recently but something niggling in the back of my mind suggests to me he is still the main man.???
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PulhamBlue added 12:08 - Feb 21
Get well soon Norrs, hope to see you back before the end of the season...
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Suffolkboy added 12:09 - Feb 21
Its really bad luck all round ,but perfection doesn’t come guaranteed with tricky ops such as this .
We’ve to hope everything goes well for JN who will be personally delighted to feel he can dedicate himself to getting 100% fit ,and returning to confident scoring form : he’ll be , like us, totally frustrated right now ,disappointed another operation has to be , but anxious I’m sure to get it over and get back to doing what he loves !
ALL the very best JN !
COYB
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dubblue added 12:27 - Feb 21
Positives we can see how Jackson and Keane work together and more chances for Freddie Sears to get some match time.
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Nazemariner added 12:33 - Feb 21
Keep your fingers crossed that Will Keane stays fit.
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nineteenseventyeight added 12:44 - Feb 21
Has PL still got the receipt for Norwood?
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jabberjackson added 13:07 - Feb 21
I predict this enforced layoff for Norwood will be the making of Morris
One door closes ....
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r2d2 added 13:11 - Feb 21
Knowing our luck Keane will get injured Saturday now.
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JewellintheTown added 13:13 - Feb 21
Wouldn't it be cheaper for ME to build his own hospital with all these injuries needing treatment?
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Chicago_Blue added 13:31 - Feb 21
Why wasn't it sorted during the first op?!
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nathitfc89 added 13:47 - Feb 21
Time for Keane Sears and Jackson to stand up and be counted! and the likes of Morris will hopefully get a look in.
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Barty added 15:03 - Feb 21
I wish James a speedy recovery but this could be a blessing in disguise as his form of late has been very poor. Come on Freddie - fill your boots
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ringwoodblue added 16:53 - Feb 21
James will be a big miss (no pun intended) as we need everyone fit for the remainder of the season. This puts a lot of pressure on Kayden as Keane and Freddie aren’t really banging them in. Get well soon James, we need you!
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Doctor_Earman added 17:14 - Feb 21
So we're now relying on injury-prone Will Keane and just returned from a massive injury lay-off Freddie Sears to fill the gap? Brilliant.

Of course, Evans could have got a striker in January to account for this (the club must have known Norwood was carrying an injury), but no. St. Marcus knows best!
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Cheshire_Blue added 18:58 - Feb 21
Why do our so called 'supporters' always assume something is being done on the cheap when it goes wrong.
Presumably Harry Kane is out because his recurring ham string issue was treated 'on the cheap'
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DifferentGravy added 19:00 - Feb 21
Hes a really good player and clearly something wasnt right as we havent seen the best of him for a while. Yes, he does miss chances and probably should have had half a dozen more goals on top of his current total. But on the basis that his tally was the best of any of our strikers (until Saturday), it shows how important he is. Holds a ball up well, battles and we have more chances created per game when he plays.

Speed recovery and hopefully back in time for a later charge/play offs.
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ITFCsince73 added 22:45 - Feb 21
Rushed back last time I suspect.
When a squad is short on quality, this happens.
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