Norwich boss Daniel Farke says Josh Sargent has suffered a hamstring injury but still hopes the forward can return quickly.
The USMNT star suffered the injury on international service and claimed the Canaries’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
However, Farke says the injury is not too serious and he may be back in action sooner rather than later.
What did Farke say?
Sargent was in all three of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers during the international break, while Gregg Berhalter’s team traveled to El Salvador and Honduras on either side of a home clash with Canada.
After the defeat of Norwich in the Emirates Stadium, Farke says that the injury was only discovered when the 21-year-old reported to the club’s training ground.
“He plays in the early hours of Thursday morning, then comes back to London after an 11-hour flight from Honduras, so he has jet lag and has not slept much,” Farke said.
‘I would have taken him in the group, but we scanned him on Friday and there was a low muscle tear in his thigh muscle.
“Hopefully he is available for the next game, because he is already a key player for us and important for the group.
“We hope the injury recovers within the next few days, and then he can practice.”
The bigger picture
This injury comes at a frustrating time for Sargent as he wants to settle in Norwich after his € 10m (£ 9m / $ 12m) summer move from Werder Bremen.
The 21-year-old has appeared in all of Norwich’s matches before the international break and scored twice in his only start against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
It remains the Canaries’ only win of the season so far, with the club losing all four Premier League matches and scoring just once. However, there is a degree of mitigation as they have faced three of last season’s top scorers in their first four games, including champions Manchester City.
That puts greater emphasis on their next game against fellow-promoted team Watford on Saturday at Carrow Road.