Injured Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan ruled out until December
14:59 23 October 2014
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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has been ruled out until December with ankle ligament damage.
The Republic of Ireland international visited a specialist on Wednesday to assess the extent of the injury suffered in last weekend’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Fulham and City boss Neil Adams confirmed at Colney he is planning for life without Hoolahan.
Adams revealed the 32-year-old will also miss out on the Republic’s Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland next month although the Norwich boss is confident the midfielder will not require surgery.
“I don’t think he will need surgery but we just have to make a final decision on that,” said Adams. “It will be a number of weeks. It’s ankle ligament damage, as we first feared.
It could have been worse but we were hoping for better news and a shorter timescale. We all feared that with the way he signalled to the bench straight-away. When a player does that you always think they know their own bodies. He knew he had a bit of a serious injury.”
Luciano Becchio is another longer term absentee after breaking his heel during a loan stint at Rotherham.
“Luciano has a week off now because there is nothing we can do with him right now,” he said. “I don’t think he will be having an op on it, just rehab and he will do that here. Again, that one was a freak injury. A broken heel I don’t think there has been too many of those. I don’t know of too many.”
Adams reported no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday following Tuesday’s Championship home draw against Leeds. Jos Hooiveld was fit for duty against the Whites but not part of the match day squad. Fellow centre back Ryan Bennett is back in light training.
“Jos was fine. He trained the day before the game but just wasn’t in the squad,” said Adams. “Everyone else has come through okay from Leeds. Ryan is out on the training pitch now and that is great to see from my point of view. It was really disappointing for him to pick up that injury early on against Ipswich and then have a longish injury. He is lapping around with the physios now and doing some sprints.”