Norwich striker Adam Idah will MISS the rest of the season following knee surgery as Dean Smith admits it is a ‘big blow’ to Canaries’ survival hopes after Republic of Ireland international broke into his starting XI
- Adam Idah will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery
- Norwich striker picked up knee and ankle injuries in draw against Crystal Palace
- Irishman has started all of the Canaries’ last five Premier League matches
- He had played a combined 52 minutes in Norwich’s first 11 games of the season
Norwich will be without Republic of Ireland striker Adam Idah, who is expected to miss the rest of the season following knee surgery.
Idah, 21, picked up knee and ankle problems during the draw against Crystal Palace. Following initial tests, it was determined an operation was needed.
‘He went in for an arthroscopy and then for a meniscus (cartilage) repair, he should be out for the season now,’ Dean Smith said.
Adam Idah has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee and ankle injury
‘It is a big blow because he broke into the team and was doing well, so it is disappointing for him and for the team, but it gives other players an opportunity now.’
It is a huge blow for the Canaries, who have boosted their survival chances after picking up seven points in their last four Premier League games but remain four points adrift of 17th-placed Newcastle.
Idah has come on leaps and bounds under Smith, who has deployed him up-front alongside Teemu Pukki in Norwich’s 4-4-2.
The Irishman has started the last six league games after playing just 52 minutes combined over 11 matches under former boss Daniel Farke, who was sacked in November.
The Irishman scored his first Premier League in the 2-1 win over Everton in January
He picked up the knee and ankle issues in the draw against Crystal Palace this month
Idah scored his maiden Premier League in the 2-1 win over Everton on January 15, and recorded his first assist in the 1-1 draw against Palace earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Smith accepted he is going up against one of football’s grandmasters when he takes on Jurgen Klopp – but hopes a few of his own chess tactics could deliver checkmate at Anfield.
The Canaries head to Liverpool on the back of a 4-0 home defeat by leaders Manchester City, which left them in the relegation zone.
Smith knows taking on the top two sides in the country will not define Norwich’s survival battle, but the former West Midlands schools chess champion is not about to resign the prospect of an unlikely positive result.
Idah has started in each of Norwich’s last five games after playing just a combined 52 minutes in the first 11 Premier League fixtures earlier this season
‘Jurgen certainly has got a few more pieces than me at the moment, so there would be an advantage in terms of the quality of players,’ said Smith, who masterminded a memorable 7-2 win over Klopp’s side when in charge of Aston Villa in October 2020.
‘Our mindset is going to be a really important part of it. We have to try to out-think (Liverpool) where we can.
‘I saw them (play in Europe) during the week and it is amazing what Jurgen has done at Liverpool in the time he has been there, it is something like 50 Champions League wins alone now.
Dean Smith conceded Norwich face a difficult task when they travel to Liverpool on Saturday
‘So, yes we are coming up against a grandmaster and I am really looking forward to it.
‘We have had some good battles against him before, but obviously I was at a different club at the time, so it would be my first with Norwich.
‘We will have two in the space of two weeks (with the FA Cup tie), so we have to come up with some tricks where we can.’