Norwich City assistant manager Colin Calderwood has confirmed first choice centre backs Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong have not travelled to the USA to continue their rehab from injuries that ruled them out of last season’s Premier League finale.

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Bassong had a recurring knee problem for most of the second part of City’s successful top flight campaign whilst Turner missed the crucial run-in after injuring his groin against Reading in late April.

Both are expected to feature during the domestic leg of City’s pre-season build up after the Canaries return from games on the West Coast against Dorados on Thursday night before an MLS double header with San Jose and Portland.

City chief Chris Hughton has also delayed his departure from the UK but is expected to be in charge for the opening friendly against the Mexicans in Sacramento tomorrow night. Norwich’s 25-man squad will repeat their opening day training schedule later on with sessions at Stanford University and San Jose’s training complex.

“I think it was better for the ones left at home, Seb and Michael especially, to stay there. They wouldn’t have taken part in any of the games over the 10-12 days,” said Calderwood, with Leon Barnett also an absentee. “You can’t go straight into the work at too high an intensity. The first thing that we’ve got to do is make sure that we’ve got as many players training for 100pc of the sessions that we’ve got – so that they don’t miss a session.”

All of Norwich’s new signings are in the touring party along with the fit-again Andrew Surman and Dani Ayala who spent all of last season on loan at Championship club Nottingham Forest.

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12 comments

  • I a bit worried they might miss the start of the season or not be up to speed with the rest of the team. We need a good start given the horrible run it we've got. I wonder if that had any bearing on us try to sign Toby whatshisname from Ajax? Knees are especially problematic once they play up so not good news.

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Does this mean Russell Martin will be playing centre back in the States I wonder. Ayala looked good for a couple of games the season before last following a long spell ou but was injured again for a good part of last season. Not convinced we could reply on him being available when required.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Cheikhou Kouyate In Hughton's Sights? apparently

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Thought leon barnett had joined Cardiff

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    canarybell

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Please explain CC, who is this?

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Cockney apparently that's right we are after Cheikhou Kouyaté who's a 6ft 4in defender as stated in other article. I wonder the injury to Basso is worse than being stated and he's likely to be out for a while? Lets hope not.

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Fox and Butterfield are in the states btw

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Thanks for clearing that one up, S\O. All good, then. Where is the full touring party listing available? I`m going to try not to worry about Bassong.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • Even Kei Kamara got a mention in Paddy`s piece on the `Headline act`...... in the photo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Pity about Bass & Turner. Interesting\good that Ayala & Surs are there. Leon Barnett an absentee - because? No mention of Foxy or Butters at all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • canarybell, I believe there was talk of Malky signing Barnett for Cardiff but Leon did return to Norwich when Cardiff`s season finished. I believe he has just one year left on his contract, so I guess if that`s not extended he`ll be on his way? I thought he did OK for us, mostly.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • I had forgotten this about Bassong. I hope it isn't too serious as he made the others play better around him. A possible long term injury to Bassong is the only reason I can see that Hughton is looking at another defender.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

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