England, Norwich keeper Ruddy out for 3 months

Back-up England goalkeeper John Ruddy says he will be out for up

to three months because of a thigh injury.

The Norwich `keeper was forced off with the problem in the

second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Everton in the Premier


Ruddy confirmed on Twitter the expected length of his absence,

adding that he will be undergoing surgery on Saturday.

Ruddy has established himself as the second-choice goalkeeper

with England, behind Joe Hart, but could now miss the friendly

against Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 6.