Tom Cannon, who was linked to Norwich City in the final days of the transfer market, has been ruled out of Leicester City’s trip to Carrow Road due to injury.
The 20-year-old has yet to practice with the Championship title favorites since his rumored £7 million move from Everton at the end of this month’s transfer window.
When it became evident that striker Josh Sargent would be out until the new year, City considered a loan deal, though suggestions of a big-money bid never materialised.
Cannon did attract firm offers from a number of second tier rivals, including Preston and Middlesbrough, before signing for Leicester.
But Foxes’ chief, Enzo Maresca revealed ahead of his squad’s trip to Norfolk Cannon remains sidelined with a stress fracture of his back.
“We found a problem when (Cannon) he signed,” he said, quoted on his club’s official site at his pre-match press call. “Because he’s a long-term investment, it doesn’t mean we need him now, so we prefer to be careful on that to make all the checks that we need to do.
“At the moment, he’s not training with us, so it will be quite long. It’s very similar to Dennis Praet’s injury. It’s a stress fracture in his back. We still don’t know how long. He hasn’t trained in any session with us.
“It’s a game every three games until the international break in October. We need to manage this kind of situation, try to share minutes, use all the players. This is already the reason why we made some changes in the last game.”
The Canaries’ early-season form has impressed Maresca.
“They make an excellent team.” “They play in various ways,” he explained. “They’re one shape on the ball and another off it.” They are wonderful. We’ll strive to be ourselves on and off the ball in order to get some points.
“We must keep improving.” We have a lot of stuff to work on. During the international break, we attempted to add some solutions, even if not all of them were there. The only way to stay in the game is to improve as a player. We will automatically improve as a team.”