Norwich City face an anxious wait on Seb Bassong’s back injury

Sebastien Bassong was forced off with a back injury in Norwich City's 4-0 Championship win against B

Sebastien Bassong was forced off with a back injury in Norwich City's 4-0 Championship win against Blackpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil faces an anxious wait to discover if Seb Bassong's fledgling return has suffered an injury setback.

The central defender's first Carrow Road outing since April 2014 in the 4-0 Championship win against Blackpool lasted barely 21 minutes before he departed after damaging his lower back. Bassong will now be fully assessed by City's medical staff with the 28-year-old a major doubt for the midweek trip to Charlton.

'That was the only concerning thing for us in the game because you want to keep all your players fit,' said Neil. 'It's not a knock, its something he felt when he turned; sometimes you prefer it to be a knock because you know what you are dealing with.

'It could be a pulled muscle, it could be anything so there is no point in speculating but he didn't look great coming off the pitch.

'We'll monitor that and it will determine how quickly he can get back involved. He went for a ball and as he went to turn his body he felt his back go into a bit of a spasm.

'It would be a big blow to lose him because he has just come back in the side and he was performing well.'

Wes Hoolahan appeared to signal to the bench he suffered an injury in the second half of Saturday's big win but Neil allayed concerns over the Republic of Ireland international's fitness.

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'He got a wee knock and the type of player he is, taking touches and going on dribbles, he is going to take knocks at times but he is a tough little cookie and he gets himself back up and gets on with it,' said Neil. 'I am conscious of the fact both him and Lewis (Grabban) have not played a lot of football recently but they are back in the team and with three games to come in a week I don't want to over-do it with them. It was just a kick, he should be fine.'

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