Chris Hughton aims to play a waiting game with Norwich City new boy Martin Olsson
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Chris Hughton is urging caution with new Norwich City full-back Martin Olsson after an impressive Carrow Road midweek bow.
Olsson produced an eye-catching cameo in the 1-1 friendly draw against Real Sociedad in what was only his second pre-season outing for the Canaries following his summer move from Blackburn. Hughton admitted the 25-year-old Swedish international is still working his way back to full fitness after a knee injury wrecked the final two months of his last season at Ewood Park.
'He gives us a different dimension, but he was blowing a little bit in the second period,' said Hughton, with Olsson poised to feature again today against Panathinaikos in the Canaries' pre-season finale. 'He picked up an injury towards the end of last season and we had to tread a little bit carefully with him when he first arrived. He is probably not up to speed as much as some of the others and that is why we are bringing him in gradually with 45 minutes against Braga and now an hour or so in the last game. I think anyone watching that could see he loves to get forward. He is very much an attacking full-back. That is his strength. He will get better the more games he plays of course so my responsibility is to make sure we manage him right.'
Bradley Johnson is another on the comeback trail after making his first pre-season appearance against the Spaniards following a knee problem that forced him to return early from the USA tour.
'That was a little bit of a blow it must be said because Bradley was another who had completed the first part of the pre-season,' said Hughton. 'He got injured literally just before we started to play some games so this was his first 60 minutes for us and he will benefit from that.
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'I think you can see in the last few games the intensity has stepped up the closer we get to the new season. We were very good in the first half at Braga and against Sociedad you could say the same. What we have probably found a little bit more difficult to master is sustaining that for the entire 90 minutes.
'It showed again we had really good phases early on but I also felt there were patches in that second half when we came strong again up against really good opposition who move the ball quickly.'
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