Ayala out for Canaries
Norwich defender Daniel Ayala has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury.
The 20-year-old Spaniard, who joined the Barclays Premier League newcomers earlier this month from Liverpool, suffered the injury during the Canaries' 4-0 midweek Carling Cup humbling at home to MK Dons.
The club confirmed the news on their official Twitter feed on on Friday morning, posting ahead of their weekend clash at Chelsea: "Injury blow - Daniel Ayala out for a couple of months with knee injury, Wes Hoolahan being monitored."
Ayala became manager Paul Lambert's eighth summer addition 10 days ago when he arrived from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract, bolstering a squad which secured successive promotions from npower League One to the Barclays Premier League.
He had joined the Reds from Sevilla in 2007, but found his first-team opportunities limited at Anfield, and last season spent loan spells in the Championship at both Hull and Derby.
Ayala made his debut in last weekend's 1-1 Premier League draw against Stoke at Carrow Road, coming on for Anthony Pilkington midway through the second half.
Lambert confirmed Ayala was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Norwich manager said: "Dani is going to be out for a few months, which is a blow. But that is football. Whoever plays I'm sure in that position will do their best. Hopefully Elliott Ward is not too far away from being fit."
Hoolahan will face a late fitness test on his hamstring problem.
Lambert added: "We will have to wait and see this morning and how he is feeling. If he is feeling okay then we will see."