Ipswich Town striker James Norwood is set to undergo surgery on a nagging groin issue, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
The former Tranmere Rovers striker moved to Portman Road in the summer and has scored five goals in 11 outings as they’ve stormed to the top of the table. He’s failed to find the net in his last five fixtures though and has been overtaken as their leading scorer by Kayden Jackson.
Jackson will have more chance to pull away now as Paul Lambert revealed that Norwood is due for a minor operation on his niggling issue.
“James will need a little operation, he’s got a wee nerve problem with his groin, so that hopefully won’t keep him out too long,” said Lambert, whose side now have a week’s break courtesy of international call ups.
“He’ll hopefully be back in time for Accrington,” added the former Aston Villa boss.
“He needs it done. It was always the plan to get him through the last game (against Tranmere) and this one before getting it done. It’s only a small thing, but it’s been enough to hinder the lad. Once he’s got that done he’ll hopefully be right as rain.
“The break has come at a good time without a doubt.”
Ipswich picked up three points this weekend against Fleetwood Town and remain undefeated in the league since dropping out of the Championship. They’ve conceded fewer goals than any of their rivals and boast a four-point lead over Wycombe Wanderers, with a game in hand.
Whilst Norwood has impressed since joining Ipswich, the goals haven’t flowed as readily as they did last season. Of his five, two have been penalties and another strike from open play came in a fixture against the youthful Bolton side.
Meanwhile, Kayden Jackson has adjusted quickly to life at this level and looks much more dangerous.
That’s not to say Norwood isn’t playing his part, but if the operation was to keep him out beyond the two weeks it wouldn’t be the biggest of blows to Ipswich. They have a deep squad that’s loaded with talent and should ride out the storm if it drags on.