Gentle introduction for Marshall

Canaries keeper David Marshall is being eased back into the fray - but could do with some extra work to keep him on his toes.

Canaries keeper David Marshall is being eased back into the fray - but could do with some extra work to keep him on his toes.

Marshall has played two games in the space of the past week - after five months on the sidelines - but has been pretty much a spectator as the Canaries hit Lowestoft for a dozen without reply, and then beat Apeldoorn 2-0 on Saturday.

It's been a gentle introduction after the ankle ligament damage he suffered at Chelsea in February during his loan spell with City last season - but the Scotland international says he will be perfectly ready when the season starts in earnest on August 11.

“I've not played many games obviously since my injury so just easing myself in isn't probably a bad thing and I'm getting good enough training under Jim (Hollman) anyway so hopefully I'll be ready come the start of the season,” he said.

“We played the game on Saturday and they were obviously not the best of sides, but it was good to get another 90 minutes under my belt and I think the team we'll be playing on Wednesday will be a bit better so I think the boys are looking good.”

Marshall said he was enjoying the Dutch tour, and the company of fellow goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, another summer signing.

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“It's only me and Gilksy out here with Jim and we get on pretty well and I'm rooming with him, so there's no problem that way,” Marshall added. “He's a funny lad too and it's all good banter, so we're enjoying ourselves.”