Norwich City striker James Vaughan out for months with knee injury

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert says striker James Vaughan will be out for "three or four" months after suffering a knee injury.

The 23-year-old hobbled out of Monday's 2-1 win over Sunderland  , just 10 minutes after coming off the bench.

"He's going to be out for about 16 weeks or so, it's a blow for him and us," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk .

The Scot also confirmed midfielder Korey Smith will be out until next year with an ankle injury.

VAUGHAN IN THE WARS

  • September 2005: Operation to fix knee ligament injury while at Everton
  • April 2007: Suffers severed artery in leg
  • August 2007: Dislocates shoulder
  • March 2008: Undergoes knee surgery
  • November 2008: Has more work done on troublesome knee
  • October 2009: Loan spell at Derby cut short by injury
  • May 2011: Ruled out of the start of Norwich's season with knee injury
  • September 2011: Receives plastic surgery on cut lip
  • September 2011: Has another knee injury after hobbling out win over Sunderland

Meanwhile, defender Zak Whitbread will not recover from a hamstring problem in time to feature at Manchester United on Saturday.

Vaughan, who has made three appearances for Norwich since joining from Everton  in May, said on social networking site Twitter  : "So not good news on my knee, I will be out for a few months!

"I'm absolutely gutted but I will work hard and make sure I come back stronger!"

Lambert added: "He had an operation the other day, his meniscus [cartilage in the knee] has been repaired.

"He was shattered the other night and you can understand why, because he battled really hard to come back and every injury he's getting seems to be a long one."

Injuries blighted Vaughan's time at Goodison Park, restricting him to only eight Premier League starts in six years.

He was forced to miss the start of the current campaign with a separate knee injury and has had three previous operations across both of the joints.