Norwich City’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the return to fitness of centre-back Michael Turner.

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The 29-year-old formed a strong partnership with Sebastien Bassong at the heart of City’s defence last season but both missed the pre-season tour of the USA.

However Turner took part in an open training session held at Carrow Road yesterday, providing Canaries boss Chris Hughton with a welcome boost.

“That’s probably the most pleasing one,” Hughton said of Turner’s participation in the public session.

“Bradley Johnson hasn’t done so much training, he did the first couple of weeks, so perhaps he’s fortunate he’s got that under his belt.

“But Michael has missed the majority of the pre-season, he’s been back in training now for over a week so it’s really pleasing to see him back.”

The former Hull City defender is now in contention for his return to playing action in tonight’s friendly against Sporting Braga in Portugal.

But a knee problem for Bassong remains a worry for Hughton, as kick-off against Everton on Saturday, August 17 begins to close in.

“He’s had a very minor operation in the summer, which has set back his pre-season,” Hughton said of former Spurs man Bassong. We’re hoping he’s going to be training next week and for us of course it’s always that race to try and get him fit for that first game of the season. What is more important is that he makes sure he does his rehab in the right way because it’s very much about the whole season and not just one or two games.”

Around 400 supporters attended yesterday’s open training session, which cost £2 to attend, with the money being split between the Community Sport Foundation’s Sporting Light appeal and the club’s youth academy.

Tonight’s friendly in Portugal, which kicks off at 8.30pm, is being held in the 30,000 capacity AXA Stadium in Braga, which was built for the 2008 European Championships.

Set in a disused quarry it boasts steep rock faces behind the goals and big stands along each side.

Braga have twice qualified for the Champions League group stages and last season finished fourth in the Portuguese top flight.

For more photos from the training session, turn to pages 90-91.

16 comments

  • Always worried when Bassong not fit. He is the rock the defence is built on. All others are replaceable, he isn't. Still a couple of weeks.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Looking at the picture that accompanies this article what is this latest fashion of footballers wearing bra's about ? I even saw a cricketer wearing one under a white cricket shirt during the test.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • CW, get a grip. Cant blame every bad play on Hughton's system, even before you think about it. System played in the 2nd half was exactly same system in the 1st. The only differences were: a: different players deployed to play in those positions b: tiring legs for players like Tettey, Snodgras, Whits and R Benno. Compare their 1st half performance to their 2nd half's and you will know what I mean. Think the full game run out will do them all good though.I agree with you though, CW, that RvW wasnt great today. We also missed Hoolahan's possession play when he left. We gave away the ball too cheaply without him pulling the strings. OTBC!! IHWT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Btw that's completely wrong brewer they track the distance run by a player

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    Steady On

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

  • Well can you say? First half we were truly excellent and lead 2-0 at half time. Then Hughton displays his usual "thou shalt not go over the halfway line" tactics, we invite them onto us, and throw it away. But for 2 outstanding saves by Bunn (the one from the corner was absolutely brilliant) we could have lost. Thank goodness Van Wolfwinkel got that half out of the way in pre-season!! Before you all scream like morons, I want to say I hope he is a huge success for us and I am right behind him this season, but being a true fan means being honest and not looking at everything through rose tinted glasses just because its your own team, so I have to say tonight RVW was dreadful. Little\no movement and gave the ball away literally every time he got it. He reminded me of Steve Morison on one of his off days. Still, a draw against a decent side and we can draw a lot from the first half performances, esp. from Hooper and Fer.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Why no coverage of the Braga game on Pinkun.? In fact not even a mention that its on. Really pleased to see Hooper in the goals in that first half. He certainly does look the real deal and its already obvious that the movement from him (and Van W) is going to be a sitgnificant upgrade on what we had from Holt and Morison in the last couple of seasons. Fer has been brilliant tonight and Whittaker is playing a blinder. If this form continues he may start the season ahead of R. Martin.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Steely, those "bras" are some sort of monitoring device; pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygen and suchlike - so I`ve been told! I seem to remember Swiss saying something a while back? I reckon Hoots might start with both Whits & Cafu; Whits @ RB & Cafu @ CB. Could be Paddy`s on hols, or he`s been head-hunted by a National Publication - maybe the Beano? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

  • Does not look like we have even come out of the dressing room so far in the second half!

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • This is my first time on here but have been reading the comments for a long time with much amusement, have been a city supporter since 59 cup run when still at junior school at Harford Tuckswood. Where did you watch or listen to the game today I spend ages trying to find a web site with no luck Looking forward to new season ONTB city

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    NZ Canary

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Hi MB\GD. Just to clarify, I think RVW is, and will be, pure quality for NCFC he was just very poor last night. As I said, good to get that poor performance out of the way in pre-season. Hooper looked much sharper. I seriously think Whittaker will be in the starting XI, but on the other hand I would hate to see Martin left out as he is one of my favourite players. Its a conundrum. Ghana, if you think the tactics played in the second half were the same as the first I definately disagree. We played much deeper in the second half, went very defensive, hardly went out of our half and had ZERO shots (feel free to name ANY shot in the second half). We sat back and defended which let them come onto us whereas in the first half our defence played much higher up the field and we pressed them in possesson all over the pitch meaning our attacking play pushed them right back. This was not down to tiredness as it started literally from the first minute of the second half, it was a change of tactics at half time.

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    CanaryWest

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • I wish I knew how to access these games! I have not had much success with "streaming" and I wouldn`t know where to start looking. Or was it on a Portuguese TV channel?? Worrying to see CanaryWest`s comments about RvW - hopefully, as he says, it was just one of those off nights. Perhaps the return to Portugal overwhelmed him with nostalgia? Regarding Bassong, did he not play in the last match of last season - the "dead rubber" vs ManC? Maybe would`ve been better to give him the match off and had that op done a week earlier? Likewise with Pilks`s knee prob. (Seem to remember Lambo doing similar with Holty when our L1 promotion was secure). Or did those probs suddenly flare up in the ManC game? Bassong would be a big loss to our defence. C\West, maybe Whits will play at RB and Martin at CB for starters?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Good to see Turner back fighting for his place but right now we need a left sided centre back to partner any one from three right footed players. Or at least one who can play on the left of centre.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • 2.0 norwich gary hooper both goals

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    billythebookie

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Yes, should have been hatrick for Hooper after 31 minutes, if it wasnt for a handball from Braga defender. Handball not given though. OTBC

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Do you think there was anything in last nights performance for Mr Hughton to rue at all? Where's Paddy?

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Great news re MT, less so re SB and BJ. Stiff test tonight.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, August 2, 2013

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