As I hope you’ve noticed, I’ve been writing assessments over the last couple of days regarding four young Norwich players who have been out on loan last season but could now be ready for the City first team.
One of those lads is Carlton Morris, who has been around the club for a long time and was part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2013.
He was out on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season and played in Sunday’s League One Play-Off Final, along with another young Canary, Ben Godfrey.
Morris was substituted after an hour of the final with an injury but the sad news has come this afternoon that Carlton has suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that will require surgery.
Carlton played over 50 games for the Shrews and scored 10 goals, including a crucial one in the playoff second leg against Charlton.
Norwich’s Sporting Director Stuart Webber told Canaries.co.uk: “Carlton has had a brilliant season on loan at Shrewsbury and this injury comes as a huge blow for him.
“However he is a positive, driven young lad and I have no doubt that, together with the support of everyone at Norwich City, he will return to full fitness as soon as possible.”
Based on previous timescales for recovery, Carlton is looking at anything from six months to a year plus before he’s ready to play again. That is a huge blow for the player but is also potentially a big problem for the Canaries.
Whether or not Carlton was in the club’s plans for next season, we will never know but with only Nelson Oliveira, whose future is uncertain, and Dennis Srbeny as recognised strikers, we could’ve done with him as an option at least.
Best of luck with your recovery, Carlton.