Drury to be sidelined for next few weeks

Defender Adam Drury is likely to miss several weeks of City’s Championship campaign.

The 32-year-old left-back was ruled out of last night’s home match against Crystal Palace with the calf injury he suffered at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

And after a 2-1 defeat – the Canaries’ third on home soil in six league games this season – manager Paul Lambert admitted there was no chance of a quick return to action for Drury at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“I think it will be a few weeks,” said Lambert, who gave Steven Smith his fourth outing for the club in Drury’s place.

There was a further change in the back four with Jens Berthel Askou replacing Elliott Ward, who was serving a one-match ban, but Lambert refused to blame defensive disruption for City’s defeat, though both goals were conceded from corners.

He said: “The two lads that were out of the team have been colossal for us but that doesn’t really wash with me – it’s a squad and we need everybody to do the same things.

“I’m just disappointed we lost the game, especially from two set pieces, which is not like us, to be honest.

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“In the first half we were playing well and we got a good goal, but set-pieces are a big part of football and if you can’t defend set-pieces then that’s what will happen, and the two goals were disappointing. The lads know my feelings.

“But we are still sitting in the play-off positions so we have a chance to turn things round on Saturday.”

Boro’ are likely to arrive at Carrow Road without a manager after Gordon Strachan’s resignation on Monday, but Lambert does not place great significance on that.

He said: “It’s hard to say how they will respond. I am not part of their dressing room or their club so I don’t know the feelings of it.”