Vadis Ofoe is the latest Norwich City injury victim
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Vadis Ofoe’s knee injury was just another issue Neil Adams must deal with after the Belgian international’s first Championship start lasted only 45 minutes.
The Canaries’ promotion push has had to cope with lengthy injury absences for Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper, Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan this season and Adams hopes the midfielder is not a long-term casualty.
Ofoe will be fully assessed over the coming days by City’s medical staff after leaving Hillsborough with his knee in a protective brace following an awkward twist in the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw.
“You can usually manage kicks and what have you, but he just felt it turning out of a tackle with the ball so at half-time we had a look and it was too sore to carry on,” said Adams. “He had a protective brace on it and we will have a better idea over the next few days or so of what is wrong.
“I thought he got better the longer it went. He wants to make things happen and certainly when he has got the ball and he is facing defenders he can be a big threat. It was just a shame for him on his first start in the league he picks up an injury. He did it after about 30 minutes and a twist is the worst one for me because contact injuries tend to heel quickly, although I thought Gary (O’Neil) was excellent when he went on.”
Adams will take no risks with any of his frontline personnel ahead of Bolton’s televised visit on Friday, but the likes of Elliott Bennett and Ignasi Miquel could be on development duty on Monday night against Everton’s Under-21s at Southport.
City can field three over-age players and both Bennett and Miquel were part of a strong development side who beat Tottenham’s U21s 3-1 earlier this month in front of more than 10,000 fans at Carrow Road.
“It is important to use these games, but while remembering it is not a reserve game, which would have been ideal for senior players to keep them ticking over,” said Adams. “It is important to do that and we saw the benefit of the behind-closed-doors game at West Ham as well.”
• City youngster Harry Toffolo will not be involved against the Toffees after making his league debut as a second-half substitute in Swindon Town’s 2-2 League One draw against Colchester at the weekend.
The 19-year-old has moved to the County Ground on a one-month deal and could make his full debut for the Robins against Chesterfield tomorrow night.