‘James needs an operation... hopefully he’ll be right as rain’ - Lambert on Norwood’s nagging groin issue
Striker James Norwood is set to undergo minor surgery during the international break as Ipswich look to get to the bottom of a troublesome groin injury.
The striker has been carrying the problem since his Tranmere days and aggravated the injury at MK Dons last month, before exiting todays' victory over Fleetwood early as it struck again.
Speaking post-match, manager Paul Lambert revealed the 29-year-old will go under the knife now the Blues have a two-week gap to their visit to Accrington, with next weekend's scheduled clash with Wycombe postponed due to international call-ups.
"James will need a little operation, he's got a wee nerve problem with his groin, so that hopefully won't keep him out too long," Lambert said of Norwood, who missed a good one-on-one chance before being replaced.
"He'll hopefully be back in time for Accrington.
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"He needs it done. It was always the plan to get him through the last game (against Tranmere) and this one before getting it done. It's only a small thing, but it's been enough to hinder the lad. Once he's got that done he'll hopefully be right as rain.
"The break has come at a good time without a doubt."
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Wing-back Kane Vincent-Young also exited this game early, with the former Colchester man replaced at half-time by Gwion Edwards.
"He's got a little groin strain, so we couldn't take the risk with him," Lambert said.