James Maddison has suffered what looks to be a serious knee injury in this afternoon’s sorry 5-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
I’ll write more about the state of that shocking display later but first off, we need to consider what this may mean for the future, both of the player and the club’s finances.
Only the Carrow Road hierarchy will know if a summer restructure relies on the sale of Maddison or not. His performances this season have been immense at times with his 15 goals comfortably making him the club’s top scorer and without him, who knows where we’d have ended up.
There has been huge speculation over his future and talk of £20m+ transfer fees have been bandied about regularly in the tabloid press. The chances of him staying at Norwich seemed slim but today’s events have cast some doubt on all that.
He will have a scan in the next 24 hours which will determine the extent of the damage and what happens next.
“I am not worried (about whether he has played his last game). I am worried about his health,” Daniel Farke told the Pink ‘Un
“I am concerned that he has suffered a big, big injury in this final match. We don’t want him to be out for several weeks – hopefully not months, and the summer break is not enough for him to return.
“Let us not get too far ahead of ourselves.
“We have to wait. Not good. There is something with the knee. There will be a scan tonight or perhaps tomorrow morning. We must wait for the results.
“It could be ligaments or the inner band. He got a hit on his knee and he felt it break a bit. It doesn’t look good.
“It was a duel and he slipped away from the tackle and felt something in his knee. If I am honest, it doesn’t look good at present and he doesn’t feel happy with his knee.
“Let’s wait what the scans say.”
If Maddison has suffered an ACL injury, which is probably the worst case scenario, he will most likely have an operation before the end of the week. Then there will be a long recovery period that is unlikely to see him back again until the turn of the year, assuming all goes well.
I doubt any team would buy him in the summer with such an injury going on, so we might have him for the second half of the season, which would be a huge bonus, although, the cash could be needed by the club.
Madders could, of course, have a lesser injury, and if I’m honest, let’s hope that is the case. I don’t want to wish ill on him because he’s been so good for us. His goals have played a huge part in staving off what would surely have otherwise been a relegation battle. Fingers crossed it is a lesser injury, such as medial ligaments.
It does highlight though that a football player is only ever one bad tackle away from a career-ending injury.
We should hear more in the next day or so.