Medical expert: Hanley may undergo 'surgery' at Norwich as 'three-month' absence on the cards
Norwich City centre-back Grant Hanley has avoided surgery “for now” but it cannot be ruled out later in the year.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Hanley, 30, has not played for Dean Smith’s side since sustaining a shoulder ligament injury in the 1-0 defeat to Man United on 11 December.
Per the Canaries’ media team last week (24 November), Smith revealed that Hanley “doesn’t need surgery” but is unavailable for a “couple of weeks.”
But Dinnery suggests that the Norwich skipper could well go under the knife at a later date and miss”two or three months” of action.
“He has avoided surgery for now,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
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“But is that just for now? It could be an injury that could be managed conservatively and the player and club will be aware of that.
“But given the circumstances that the Canaries are in, Grant Hanley may want to shelve any thoughts of surgery until the close season.
“He may just want to get back into things and see how things recover.
“Kalvin Phillips was a good example of this, as is Marcus Rahsford. They both played on for a while having suffered shoulder injuries.
“This will be one to watch. Going under the knife at a later date, you’re talking two or possibly three months.
But at the moment, we’re talking maybe mid-January. He will have some kind of restrictive shoulder support to restrict that movement and limit that joint.
“He needs to get back, stay fit and remain in that starting XI because they are fighting for every point at the moment.”
Hanley is one of seven Norwich stars sidelined through injury, illness or suspension.
The Canaries are bottom of the Premier League after 19 matches.