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‘I’ll be working non-stop over the off-season’ – Canaries star Maddison vows to overcome injury setback

PUBLISHED: 10:04 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 10 May 2018

James Maddison limped off early during City's game at Hillsborough. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

James Maddison limped off early during City's game at Hillsborough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City star James Maddison has vowed to return ‘better than ever’ after being told his knee ligament injury will prevent him from training for around eight weeks.

Carrow Road staff and Canaries fans feared the England Under-21 international could be ruled out long term after limping off early during City’s nightmare 5-1 loss at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

While that was the final game of the Championship season, the playmaker’s big-money sale to a Premier League club was expected to be integral to the club’s transfer business this summer.

Beyond that it was also terrible news for the club’s player-of-the-season winner after a fantastic campaign which brought 15 goals and 11 assists during 49 games in all competitions.

However, with Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber yesterday revealing that the 21-year-old should only miss the first week of pre-season, the situation has calmed.

“So disappointed to pick up an injury on the last game of the season,” Maddison posted on his Instagram account following his injury diagnosis.

“But this small setback won’t affect someone who has the mindset that I do. I’ll be working non-stop over the off-season to be back better than ever.”

Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Leicester are among the many top-flight clubs linked with summer interest in signing the Coventry City academy product, with deal worth in excess of £20million touted in some national newspapers.

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