You can take your heart out of your mouth because Jordan Rhodes is not badly injured and should be fit for the start of the season next weekend.
Injury update! #ncfc
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) July 27, 2018
Rhodes was injured on Tuesday night’s 1-3 friendly win at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town, just after scoring the Canaries’ second goal from the penalty spot on 20 minutes.
He hobbled off and there was an audible intake of breath from the Canary Nation, whether you were at the ground or following on social media. Thankfully, the scan results have been positive and it’s only minor, At the time, Jordan said he thought it just felt like a twist.
Head Coach Daniel Farke told Canaries.co.uk: “It’s some good news with Jordan as the scan has confirmed only a minor ligament injury in his ankle.
“He will miss the game against Charlton on Saturday but should be ok to join training next week and hopefully be available for the Birmingham game.”
Last season, City suffered a double injury blow in a pre-season friendly with Cambridge United when Alex Pritchard and Timm Klose limped off. Klose missed the first month of the season and Pritchard didn’t become fit again until December, just in time to put in a few decent performances before the transfer window opened. Humph!
The question of lower league sides kicking lumps out of our “stars” raised its head again on Tuesday night but realistically, these types of high tempo, competitive friendly games are the best way to get match and season ready.
I’m not even sure that playing Premier League sides would change anything. I don’t think that anybody goes out to nobble anyone in pre-season (now that Roy Keane has retired) and this was just a strong tackle.
Teemu Pukki was also on the end of a tough tackle but Louis Thompson got booked for an equally hard “tackle” on one of the Luton lads.
The good news is that Pukki will be fit for tomorrow’s final friendly at Charlton and Rhodes should be back for the season opener at St. Andrew’s next Saturday.