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‘It’s been a bit emotional this week’ – Canaries players prepare to say goodbye to Hoolahan

Boxer Sam Sexton ready to train with Norwich City footballers, Christoph Zimmermann, left, Onel Hernandez, and Louis Thompson, right, as he prepares for his British heavyweight title defence fight. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Boxer Sam Sexton ready to train with Norwich City footballers, Christoph Zimmermann, left, Onel Hernandez, and Louis Thompson, right, as he prepares for his British heavyweight title defence fight. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It’s been an ‘emotional’ week at Colney following the announcement that today’s clash with Leeds will be Wes Hoolahan’s final Norwich City game.

Canaries trio Louis Thompson, Christoph Zimmermann and Onel Hernandez tried out some boxing training as they showed support for Norwich heavyweight Sam Sexton ahead of his British title defence against Hughie Fury.

Thompson, out for 18 months with Achilles injuries and targeting a pre-season return, has been a Canaries player since 2014 and will be sorry to see Hoolahan leave.

“It’s been a bit emotional this week and I think Wes will tell you that as well,” he said during his visit to Pro Box Norwich. “He’s been a monumental part of this club and I think there’s sadness that his time at club is coming to an end, but that’s football.

“We want him to have the best game he’s ever had (against Leeds)! He’s taught me an awful lot and I think a lot of players will say that, so hopefully we can give him the send off that he deserves.”

Zimmermann may have known the Irishman for a shorter time but is well aware of how important the playmaker is to Canaries fans.

“I came here in 2017 and in 2016 I was watching the Euros and I saw him score a goal against Sweden,” the German defender said.

“So his name had stuck in my mind and I was really looking forward to playing with him, with such a well known player, even in Germany, as we have sympathy for the Irish for how they like to celebrate!

“He’s got incredible skills on the pitch and he is such a good personality and professional off the pitch as well, he tries to help you with any issues because he knows everybody around the club, everybody in Norwich knows about him and has an appreciation of what he has done for the club.”

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Hoolahan is set to make his 352nd and final appearance for City today.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday’s game and I think everybody on the pitch and on the bench will try their very best to win this game,” Zimmermann added.

“Not just because of his last game, but because it is the last home game as well and we want to finish well in front of our supporters.”

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