Cureton could be out for six weeks
Norwich's injured hitman Jamie Cureton is poised to miss up to two months of City's Championship season.Cureton's injury absence from the Canaries' wretched midweek defeat at fellow strugglers QPR with an ankle problem was overshadowed by Peter Grant's post-match comments regarding his own future.
Norwich's injured hitman Jamie Cureton is poised to miss up to two months of City's Championship season.
Cureton's injury absence from the Canaries' wretched midweek defeat at fellow strugglers QPR with an ankle problem was overshadowed by Peter Grant's post-match comments regarding his own future.
The 32-year-old current Championship golden boot winner failed to make the trip to West London after damaging his foot in City's goal less home draw against Scunthorpe.
Grant revealed Cureton will undergo medical scans during the international break. Cureton's impending lay off is another serious blow to Grant's attempts to turn around the club's failing fortunes.
City's goal drought extended to six matches after firing fresh blanks at Loftus Road - equalling a club record dating back to City's Southern League days in 1912.
“We'll assess Jamie over the next two weeks,” said under pressure Grant. “He'll definitely be out for the next couple of weeks. If you look at his ankle now, it could be six or eight weeks. Jamie could be long term. It came out of nothing from a kick last week.”
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Dion Dublin's back problem added to Grant's never-ending defensive injury woes. City's best performer in the first half at Loftus Road failed to re-appear after the break.
“Dion has injured his back, which seems to be typical of our luck,” said Grant. “He couldn't even move at half time, couldn't get up off his seat. He said to me ten minutes before half time that because he was warm he could get away with it but as soon as he sat down, that was it, he was finished. At the moment, he's standing straight but that's about all he can do.”
Gary Doherty's (groin) absence forced Grant to take a gamble on Scottish international Ian Murray's (foot) fitness.
“We put Ian Murray on the bench at the last moment because we thought he had a fractured foot,” said the City boss. “But he was desperate to be involved and I just thought I'd put him on the bench just in case. Sods law said we wouldn't have a centre-half on the bench and one would get injured. Sure as anything, that happened.
“Doherty is three to four weeks. As I've said many times before, it just doesn't seem to be flowing for us. But we've still got players out there capable of performing and winning football games. Yes we've had a turnaround of players, but there are no excuses.”