Injured Hanley to seek specialist advice

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Norwich defender Grant Hanley is to see a specialist during the international break in a bid to get to the bottom of his troublesome groin injury.

Norwich defender Grant Hanley is to see a specialist during the international break in a bid to get to the bottom of his troublesome groin injury.

The centre-back has not featured for the Canaries since the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on August 24 and was forced to pull out of the Scotland squad last week after suffering a setback.

Boss Daniel Farke was initially hoping Hanley would be fit for last weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa but has now revealed he will be visiting a specialist to try and get a fresh opinion on his injury woes.

The 27-year-old has been trying to manage the problem for several months and was named on the bench for last month’s games against Manchester City, Burnley and Crystal Palace but did not feature in any of them with Farke deciding to leave him on the bench.

The German coach is frustrated at his ongoing absence as Norwich’s injuries have piled up in recent weeks and is looking for answers.

“I hope that we find out what is the reason for all these problems with his groin,” the Norwich boss said.

“I would say this has been something he has had to handle not just for this season but for the last few months. We don’t have the answer at this moment. But the hope is with seeing some specialists and consultants we can find the answer, because we definitely need him.”

Meanwhile, Farke has also confirmed Ben Godfrey is to have a hernia operation in Munich this week after playing through the pain barrier in recent games. The international break has presented the ideal chance for the defender to go under the knife and he will hopefully be fit to resume action when Farke’s side travel to Bournemouth on October 19.

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Godfrey has been unable to train properly due to the problem but has still played every minute in the Premier League so far this season as other injuries to Hanley, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann have forced him to struggle on.

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