Norwich City captain Russell Martin undergoes summer surgery ahead of pre-season campaign
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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin has undergone surgery this summer – but it should not affect his preparations for next season.
The 28-year-old defender missed Scotland’s recent internationals due to injury, and City boss Neil Adams revealed a hernia was a root of Martin’s problem.
The skipper is already back at Colney ensuring he will be ready for City’s pre-season schedule – something that still remains in the dark to Canaries fans.
“One or two players have been in doing extras – Elliott Bennett, and Russell has just had a little hernia operation,” said Adams. “It was one where, did we leave him? It wasn’t impeding him too much. He wasn’t in too much pain, but we decided to do it really early and you’re talking two weeks after the operation now, so he’s got plenty of time.
“He’s back on the treadmills so it’s no problem at all for him.”
Left-back Martin Olsson had been scheduled for a summer operation to sort a shoulder problem, according to reports earlier in the year. However, in the midst of speculation linking the Swede to a Premier League return with West Ham, Adams admitted Olsson is yet to go under the knife.
“I don’t think he’s had it done yet,” said Adams. “He played through the season with it and it wasn’t an absolutely essential operation. It’s one to sit down with the physios and decide, because that would be a longer term one.
“As we saw through the season he had problems with it, but he could pop it back in and he was ready to go again.”
While City fans know the Championship season starts on August 9, so far the club’s pre-season schedule – apart from a possible friendly at French side Nantes – remains under wraps.
“What we wouldn’t want to do is announce we’re playing a certain team and have to change it,” added Adams. “But it’s pretty much done and dusted. I think the club will be announcing it as soon as possible – within a week, with a bit of luck.
“The rest of the players are all in on June 26 and 27 for individual testing, when we put them through the mill and see how fresh they are before pre-season itself. June 30 is the first big day when everyone is back in, but I’ll be speaking to the players when they come in for those tests, or as and when.
“I’ve phoned one or two in the past week or so, but it’s their break now and they’ve all got their return date.”