Leeds' woes are worse than City's
Norwich City's injury problems almost pale into insignificance compared to those that Dennis Wise is facing at Leeds. The Elland Road manager's worst fears were realised yesterday when scans confirmed that striker David Healy - a former Canaries loan player - has broken his arm.
Norwich City's injury problems almost pale into insignificance compared to those that Dennis Wise is facing at Leeds.
The Elland Road manager's worst fears were realised yesterday when scans confirmed that striker David Healy - a former Canaries loan player - has broken his arm.
The Northern Ireland international sustained the injury in the closing stages of Leeds' 2-1 midweek win at Hull and will be sidelined for at least a fortnight.
Wise is already without Tore Andre Flo, who has a fractured foot while Eddie Lewis has also been ruled out of tomorrow's trip after limping off late on at The KC Stadium with a leg injury.
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Shaun Derry is set to see a specialist about an Achilles injury, Robbie Elliott is out with a torn hamstring, and Gary Kelly has picked up an ankle injury while there are doubts over skipper Kevin Nicholls, Ian Westlake and Ian Moore.
Healy's late replacement at Hull, Robbie Blake, scored in a midweek reserve win against Port Vale and could lead the attack at Norwich alongside Moore, who is struggling to overcome a dead leg which forced him out on Tuesday.
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Leeds beat the transfer deadline by signing goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, 27, on loan from Brondby until the end of the season with a view to making his move permanent in the summer.
The Denmark international will provide competition for Neil Sullivan and Graham Stack, on loan from Reading, but who has recently been sidelined with an ankle injury.
Wise admitted he was left frustrated on deadline day - although he is hoping to further add to his squad next week when the loan market opens again - and expressed his disappointment with one manager who he was hoping to strike a deal with.
“I was a bit disappointed with a certain manager,” he said. “Sometimes they ring you back and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they say a player is not going to another club and then you find out he has gone somewhere else.
“Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Aidie Boothroyd can all ring you back, but some have certain ways and don't have courtesy.
“It is disappointing, and I had a situation on Wednesday that I was disappointed with a certain manager - he knows who he is - and what he has done.
“But we move on now and look to the Norwich game.”