Operation finally ends Norris' season

DAVID Norris's season is definitely over after successfully undergoing an operation on a heel.The Blues midfielder has been out of action since limping out of the 2-0 home win over Charlton in mid-March.

Derek Davis

DAVID Norris's season is definitely over after successfully undergoing an operation on a heel.

The Blues midfielder has been out of action since limping out of the 2-0 home win over Charlton in mid-March.

Although the Blues continued to hope each week that he would return, surgeon John Williams identified an underlying problem and operated on Monday.


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Williams, who works closely with The Royal School of Ballet, discovered scar tissue had attached to a muscle on the underside of the heel and was preventing Norris from ever making a full recovery.

Norris picked up the injury shortly after his £2.2m arrival from Plymouth Argyle and played through pain before finally succumbing.

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He will now be on crutches for around two weeks, can not start running for around five weeks but Town are confident Norris will be fit to start pre-season training when they first return in mid-June.

Manager Jim Magilton's most expensive signing played nine games and scored a cracker in the 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Norris is the latest in a long line of injuries this season.

Richard Naylor, who has recently had surgery to alleviate a problem with a disc in his neck, has been another who has missed the play-off battle but should be back in the summer.

Shefki Kuqi has been struggling with a hamstring, while Velice Sumulikoski has a partial torn artery, which originally ruled him out for the remainder of the season but has been allowed to play again after a second opinion.

Jon Walters came back earlier than expected from a knee operation, while Pablo Counago has been struggling slightly with a groin injury but is expected to be back in full training today and did not allow him to miss the draw at Preston last weekend.

Counago, Walters, Sumulikoski and Kuqi, should all be in the squad to play Hull City on Sunday.

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