By Greg Stobart
Norwich City's hopes of Premier League survival have been dealt a blow with the news that Leroy Fer faces at least six weeks out with a hamstring injury, Goal can reveal.
The Dutch midfielder sustained the injury during training on Thursday and will undergo an MRI scan on Friday to determine the full extent of the damage.
The initial prognosis from Norwich's medical staff is that Fer will be sidelined for between six and 10 weeks.
The 24-year-old initially struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League following his summer move to Carrow Road from FC Twente.
But Fer has been one of the Canaries best performers in recent weeks and starred in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham last Sunday.
Norwich are currently 14th in the Premier League table, four points above the bottom three as they prepare to visit fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Sunday.
Fer's injury is also bad news for under-pressure Norwich manager Chris Hughton, who has been told he must deliver results or face losing his job.