Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has revealed that the Canaries are having to wait for a scan to assess the damage to defender Ben Gibson after he suffered a nasty-looking ankle injury against Blackburn Rovers.
Gibson has been one of many very consistent performers for Norwich throughout the season and has played a key role in helping them to establish a commanding lead at the top of the Championship table. The Burnley loanee has managed to make 27 Championship appearances so far and helped the Canaries pick up 12 clean sheets in those matches (Sofascore).
The defender though was forced off the field in the last ten minutes against Blackburn after appearing to role his ankle badly. The 28-year-old was carried off the field and that will have raised concerns that it could be a potentially lengthy injury lay-off for Gibson. The Canaries will hope that proves not to be the case with him being a crucial member of their back four.
Speaking to the media following the draw with Blackburn, Farke revealed that Gibson would now be assessed to determine the extent of his injury, but he did say that he feared it could be potential ligament damage and that would make it a serious injury for the 28-year-old.
He said: “Ben rolled his ankle. We will wait for the assessment and I have to speak properly to the doctors but it didn’t look great.
“I have watched the pictures and there is a little fear of maybe ligament damage.
“I want to be a bit careful at this stage and wait for the assessment from the doctors and physios. But it could be a serious injury. I hope not. We deserve some luck in terms of injuries.”
Gibson has been an important member of the squad for the Canaries this season since he arrived on loan from Burnley in the summer and the defender will have played a major role in them earning promotion back to the Premier League if Norwich to go on to finish in the top two.
The defender would be a major miss for Norwich in the final weeks of the campaign if his injury lay-off is a lengthy one and the Canaries will have to hope that proves not to be the case from the results of his scan. The 28-year-old deserves credit for the way he has come into the club and performed during his loan spell after not having much game time in recent seasons.
Norwich have had a lot of bad luck with injuries in recent times so you feel that they know how to cope without key players. That means that Gibson’s absence should not mean that their form is dramatically affected which is a major strength of the Canaries squad and is one of the reasons they should be back in the Premier League next term.