Chadwick a fortnight away
CHRIS LAKEY Luke Chadwick is still a fortnight away from resuming full training with the Canaries. The midfielder has been out of action since an horrific collision with an advertising board at Portman Road in the closing stages of his goal-scoring debut.
Luke Chadwick is still a fortnight away from resuming full training with the Canaries.
The midfielder has been out of action since an horrific collision with an advertising board at Portman Road in the closing stages of his goal-scoring debut.
But while the former Manchester United man has enough movement in his knee to resume running, he has been unable to take part in a proper contact session.
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Canaries boss Peter Grant said the nature of the injury was serious - but not one that would affect his career.
“Chadwick's was a major operation,” said Grant, desperate to add quality and quantity to his squad. “People tend to forget that, especially where his injury was, right across his knee.
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“There was very little he could do in the early period to get the strength in his legs and his muscles because he couldn't bend his leg because of the nature of the injury.
“But the surgeons are very happy with the way things are going. Chaddy is very frustrated, we think it will be maybe two weeks before full training, but the boy wants to train sooner than that.
“I am always concerned, especially with where the injury is, right across the middle of his kneecap, and it is a problem. It is not a major injury as in career threatening or if it is going to hinder him for the rest of his career, nothing like that. But just the nature of where the injury is, is a problem for him, just where the actual movement is, the amount of bending, the tackles you get there, always landing on your knees, so it is a big problem for us getting the strength back in his muscles.
“He has been working very hard with (physio) Neal Reynolds, who has been looking after him well, but obviously I want him back in the 16 because he has that wee bit of quality. He gets in the opposition box and as you saw against Ipswich he will maybe give us that threat to score which we don't have at this moment in time.”