Norwich City talisman Grant Holt out for rest of season

Norwich City's leading scorer Grant Holt will miss the last two games of the season having had an operation on an ankle injury in London yesterday.The Canaries skipper's 30 goals this season helped secure promotion to the Championship and the League One title and although he will now miss the rest of the season he'll certainly be at Carrow Road for the final game against Carlisle to join in the celebrations.

Norwich City's leading scorer, Grant Holt, will miss the last two games of the season after having an operation on a long-running ankle injury.

The Canaries' skipper has netted 30 goals this season and now that promotion has been secured, along with the League One title, boss Paul Lambert decided it was best to carry out the procedure as soon as possible in order to get Holt fit and ready for an assault on the Championship.

Holt had surgery in London yesterday and will miss Saturday's trip to Bristol Rovers and the final home game against Carlisle United on May 8.

“He's had it - he's got it done and he's fine and he'll be back for pre-season,” said Lambert.

“It gives him a longer time to recover and thankfully we've done it before the season's finished.”

Lambert said Holt had played with the injury for much of the season.

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He said: “There were times in training when he hurt himself and you think oh . . . but he just battled on and got on with it. We knew we had to get him through games. He did it and he's been brilliant for us.”

Wes Hoolahan is on the mend after missing five games with a thigh strain and could travel to Bristol.

“Wes is doing fine and we'll certainly see him before the end of the season. Whether it's this one or the next one, I'm pretty sure he'll be back,” said Lambert.

Defender Russell Martin, who missed the 2-0 win over Gillingham with an ankle injury, is unlikely to return on Saturday.

“He's doing fine but this one might be just a bit early for him,” said Lambert.

The City boss, who left Adam Drury and Simon Lappin out of his starting line-up last week, admitted he may change his line-up again on Saturday, with a few players on the borderline in qualifying for League One winners' medals.

“Would sentimental value come into my head? It might do in a way, because lads have travelled with us all over the place and sat on the bench for a long time and it's certainly not easy. I might drop my guard,” he said.