Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor has revealed that James Norwood could be in contention to feature for the club in their upcoming clash with Accrington Stanley following a successful groin operation.
The forward, who joined the Tractor Boys on a three-year deal this summer (via BBC Sport), has made an impressive start to life at Portman Road.
Since opening his account for Ipswich in their 2-2 draw with Peterborough United in August, the forward has taken his goal tally to five for the season.
However, following the club’s 4-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers last Saturday, manager Paul Lambert confirmed that Norwood would need surgery on a groin injury and thus the forward missed yesterday’s EFL Trophy clash with Gillingham.
Whilst the Tractor Boys defeated the Gills 4-0 in Norwood’s absence, they would have been sweating over the outcome of the 29-year-old’s operation.
Yet following the fixture at the Priestfield Stadium, Taylor suggested that the forward may be in line to make his return to action later this month.
Speaking to TWTD about Norwood, the 44-year-old said: “Everything’s fantastic, everything’s really good, it’s all positive, everything’s really good, it’s all positive, everything is really, really good on that side of things.
“He’s coming back, he’ll do his rehab and we’re hoping that he’ll continue training on Monday.”
Taylor later added: “We’re not looking at him [missing any games] whatsoever, the operation went perfectly well, we’re really happy with the outcome and he’ll be coming back in and he’ll see the lads over the next couple of days.”
Ipswich will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in League One to 12 games when they face Accrington on October 20th.
When you consider just how influential Norwood has been this season, Ipswich will be delighted with the news that his surgery has been a success.
Given that the Tractor Boys are currently leading the third-tier standings by four points, the forward’s return to action may allow them to extend this advantage over the coming months.
Providing that he can maintain his consistency in League One, Norwood could fire Ipswich to an immediate return to the Championship next May.