Green injury hands Canaries £90k pay day
JONATHAN REDHEAD Norwich City's coffers look set to be boosted by around £90,000 in compensation from the FA as a result of the injury Robert Green's suffered while on England duty.
Norwich City's coffers look set to be boosted by around £90,000 in compensation from the FA as a result of the injury Robert Green's suffered while on England duty.
The former Canaries goalkeeper, who moved to West Ham last week in a move that could be worth up to £2m for City, ruptured a groin playing for England B against Belarus in a World Cup warm-up match in May.
His World Cup dream disintegrated when he collapsed in agony after taking a goal kick at Madejski Stadium in Reading just minutes after coming on as a second half substitute.
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Having been ruled out of the England squad, the unlucky Green spent all summer rehabilitating in City's fitness room until his move to Upton Park and return to the Premiership was completed last week.
But Canaries' chief executive Neil Doncaster has revealed that City are due for a payout from English football's governing body, which will cover Green's wages for the time he spent injured.
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However, the club has yet to see the cash.
“I don't think we've received anything yet,” he said. “We just get his wages covered for the whole time he was injured.”
As Green suffered his injury on May 25 and was still injured when he moved to London last Wednesday, City are due to receive just under 12 weeks worth of wages.
It is believed Green was earning in the region of £8,000 a week from the Canaries when he suffered the injury - meaning City should be due around £90,000.
However, it is not known whether the money, when it arrives, will go towards manager Nigel Worthington's transfer kitty as he searches for a big striker, and left back and goalkeeper cover, for Adam Drury and Paul Gallacher respectively.
The news comes only a few days after the FA were asked to pay out to West Ham following an injury to former Canary striker Dean Ashton.
Ashton, 22, broke his ankle in a collision with Shaun Wright-Phillips in an England training session at Old Trafford, Manchester, last Tuesday morning.
It is believed the Hammers are chasing around £300,000 in compensation as a result of the injury, with the target man due to spend a miserable four months on the sidelines, where he will miss a whole host of important games for club and country.
The figure would represent a similar deal to West Ham to that for the Canaries with the cash covering Ashton's wages, about £25,000 a week for the three months or so he is expected to be out.
However, the figure could ultimately be higher than £300,000 with Ashton's agent Darren Bossons, saying the big striker expects to be out for longer than three months.
“In Dean's mind he thinks he'll be out until Christmas,” he said. “It looks unlikely that it will be less than three months.”