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City defender facing ‘a few months’ out after picking up injury at Rotherham

PUBLISHED: 15:19 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 06 September 2018

Sean Raggett, in action for Rotherham during a 3-1 loss at Everton in the Carabao Cup last week, picked up an injury at Wigan at the weekend Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

Sean Raggett, in action for Rotherham during a 3-1 loss at Everton in the Carabao Cup last week, picked up an injury at Wigan at the weekend Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

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Norwich City defender Sean Raggett is set for surgery after suffering an ankle injury just five games into his season-long loan at Rotherham United.

Raggett was forced off after just 20 minutes of the Millers’ 1-0 Championship defeat at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, needing treatment after appearing to get his studs caught in the turf awkwardly when making a clearance.

City confirmed on Thursday afternoon Raggett is set to go under the knife next week.

A club statement said: “City can confirm defender Sean Raggett is to undergo surgery on Monday after sustaining a serious injury while on loan with fellow Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham United.

“Raggett will have an ankle operation after picking up an injury in the first half of Saturday’s clash between Rotherham and Wigan at the DW Stadium.

“He will be assessed following the operation and the next phase of his rehabilitation will be agreed by both clubs.”

Rotherham boss and Norwich City fan Paul Warne is hopeful Raggett can return before Christmas.

“He went to block a cross on Saturday and he’s damaged his ankle and his knee,” Warne told his club’s official site.

“He’s having an operation so he’s going to be out for a few months but hopefully we’ll get him back this side of Christmas.

“It is a bit of a blow because he’s been performing well and he’s really settled down well at the club.

“We’ll assess it after the operation and see what’s best regarding where he has rehabilitation going forward.”

“It’s disappointing for Sean because he was really starting to show why we brought him to the club and he was enjoying playing.

“He’d made the step up to this league seamlessly and he’ll be a miss for me and the rest of the team.

“That said, it’s ‘next man up’. Unfortunately injuries happen in football all of the time and that’s the reason we have a squad. I’ll have to tweak the team a little bit but I have a lot of confidence in whoever steps in to take his place.

“We’ll be in regular contact with Sean and we’ll be doing everything we can as a club to ensure that he has the speediest possible recovery.”

Posting on Twitter, Raggett wrote: “Gutted with the injury news and needing surgery but setbacks happen and I’m already looking forward to getting back stronger, better and doing more of this in a few months time.”

The 25-year-old played a key part in Lincoln City return to the Football League in 2017 and earned his move to the Canaries, for a reported £350,000, returning to the Imps for the first half of their League Two campaign during 2017/18.

He returned to Norwich in January but only made two substitute appearances in the Championship. He featured during pre-season for the Canaries before a season-long loan to Rotherham.

After impressing during a 3-1 win over Wigan in the first round of the Carabao Cup he earned a league start, playing all of a 2-0 defeat at high-flying Leeds for Warne’s team.

He then headed the only goal of a 1-0 home win over Millwall in the league and played all of a 3-1 defeat to Premier League side Everton in the Carabao Cup, before picking up his injury against Wigan at the weekend.

The tall defender is under contract with Norwich until 2020, with the option for a further 12 months.

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