Injury expert makes 'Christmas' prediction after Cantwell latest at Norwich City
It may be around Christmas time before we see the best of a fully fit Todd Cantwell at Norwich City.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Cantwell made his return to the starting XI on 20 November as the Canaries beat Southampton 2-1 at Carrow Road.
The 23-year-old midfielder had not featured in any of the previous six league matches under Daniel Farke.
He was substituted off at half-time and Dean Smith later told Norfolk Live: “I just felt he was a little bit off it today.”
Dinnery explains that after a long period of no senior football, Cantwell may take several weeks to get up to speed.
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“He missed a block of games at the start of the season because of personal issues,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Then when he came back he had a problem with his Achilles. Generally, he is a young fit lad.
“But given the type of football he plays, he is required to do a lot of work. You would hope that he could adapt fairly quickly.
“He had limited minutes for the under-23s before being thrown back in there under Dean Smith.
“He seemed to have fallen out of favour with Daniel Farke. It could be in and around Christmas before we see the best of Todd Cantwell.
“But that is not to say that he won’t be able to go out and give a good account of himself in the meantime.
“The more minutes he gets in his legs, the better he’ll likely be.”
Cantwell has played 108 times for Norwich since graduating from the academy in 2017.
He is out of contract at the end of the season.