Drury sidelined "for months"

Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder this morning revealed in his pre-match press conference that left-back Adam Drury will be out for a number of months.Drury had an operation on his right knee yesterday for ligament damage.

CITY defender Adam Drury will be out for “a number of months” after having a knee operation.

New manager Glenn Roeder confirmed this morning that left-back Drury, 29, had the operation on his right knee yesterday for ligament damage. He suffered the injury in the 3-1 defeat at home to Bristol City last month.

“Unfortunately, Adam Drury had to have an operation on his knee yesterday. That will keep him out a number of months - how many months yet we don't know. It's a real big loss to us because Adam is such a vital part of the team,” said Roeder.

“It was some ligament damage that he needed to have repaired but it wasn't his cruciate.

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“All we can say at the moment is it's a long-term injury and then we can stick some time factor on that in a few weeks' time.

“Other than that, I think we're all recovered and ready for the big one.”

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Drury's absence made the left-back position one he would have to fill, admitted Roeder.

“We definitely need to look at that position now we've lost Adam for a number of months. There's no doubt about that. I know that Simon Lappin can fill in there but he looks to me much more an offensive player than a defensive player, so that will be one of the positions we do definitely need to fill.”

Roeder confirmed that new signing Martin Taylor, on a month's loan from Birmingham, would partner Jason Shackell in the centre of defence against Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Dion Dublin, out for the last three games with a back injury, has been back in training this week.

“He's looking well,” said Roeder.

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