Norwich City's injured on-loan Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom set to miss Premier League trip to Leicester City
PUBLISHED: 15:13 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:13 26 February 2016
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Norwich City loan signing Andre Wisdom is poised to miss out against Leicester City after failing to recover from a knee injury.
City chief Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday lunchtime that Wisdom is unlikely to be in his thoughts as the Canaries for this weekend’s return to Premier League action following a two-week break.
Vadis Ofoe did have an ankle problem but the Belgian international is in the squad and Alex Tettey also returns from suspension.
Neil was in relaxed mood at Norwich’s training base on Friday lunchtime after returning from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi with his squad to prepare for the Premier League survival run-in.
“It isn’t a case of getting something out of the trip that we necessarily look to bring back and take into the matches. It was about alleviating some of the pressure from the players,” he said. “They are under a lot of scrutiny and a lot of pressure to win games. Everybody connected to Norwich is desperate for them to do well so it was about escaping that for a brief time and re-focusing to get stuck into the remaining 12 games. It is a quite common thing. Most of the Premier League teams would have done it.”
Tettey sat out the Premier League defeat at Aston Villa and a draw against West Ham after serving his second suspension of the campaign.
“It’s frustrating that Al gets bookings and obviously misses games at times, it doesn’t do us any favours because he’s a big player for us. The fact we’ve got him back certainly helps, and it allows us to be stronger going into the game,” said Neil. “Andre’s still not quite fully recovered. He’s still one that’s a doubt for Saturday. Other than him, the remainder of the squad is okay. Vadis was struggling a week or so ago with his ankle, but he’s okay.”
Neil is also backing youngster Conor McGrandles to return stronger from his double leg fracture injury suffered at Falkirk last weekend during a loan stint at his former club. The midfielder has now undergone surgery but faces a potential six-month lay-off.
“Absolutely devastated for him to get a double fracture of his leg,” said Neil. “He has had the operation now. I spoke to him in the morning of his surgery. I am just gutted for him as a young lad trying to find his way in the game. We put him out on loan to get him minutes to keep his eye in and for that to happen is really disappointing. It is a serious injury but Conor doesn’t carry much on him, which will certainly help him. He is a determined lad and I am sure he will come back from it. We are not even thinking along those lines and we will do everything to help him get back.”