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Norwich City forced into change of opposition in Italy

PUBLISHED: 14:29 20 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:42 20 July 2014

Norwich City at their pre-season training base in Aosta, Saint-Vincent in Italy. Picture: @NorwichCityFC on Twitter

Norwich City at their pre-season training base in Aosta, Saint-Vincent in Italy. Picture: @NorwichCityFC on Twitter

@NorwichCityFC on Twitter

Norwich City have had to find different opposition for the first match of their pre-season tour of Italy tonight – after Novara pulled out of the match at late notice.

Norwich City at their pre-season training base in Aosta, Saint-Vincent in Italy. Picture: @NorwichCityFC on Twitter Norwich City at their pre-season training base in Aosta, Saint-Vincent in Italy. Picture: @NorwichCityFC on Twitter

A statement on City’s website says the change was “due to circumstances beyond the club’s control” and have replaced the Serie C side with S.C. Vallée d’Aoste.

The northern Italian club play in one of the nine regional divisions of Serie D, which is the highest non-professional level in Italy.

The match will be played at 5pm UK time (6pm local time) at the Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium in Aosta, Saint-Vincent, where Neil Adams has taken his squad for a week.

The Canaries are due to face Serie B side Livorno at the same venue on Wednesday, also at 5pm UK time, before travelling across the border to France to face Ligue One side Bastia at the Stade d’Honneur in Sallanches at 6pm on Friday – who are managed by former Chelsea and France midfielder Claude Makelele.

- For a full report and photos from tonight’s match in Italy, see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News.

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