Martin Olsson is closing in on Norwich City return

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson is making good progress after shoulder surgery. Picture by Paul

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson is making good progress after shoulder surgery. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Martin Olsson is winning his fitness battle to return play a major role Norwich City's Premier League quest.

The Swedish international is back in training after shoulder surgery following the club's Championship play-off final win. Alex Neil moved to allay fears the defender was set to miss the opening two months of City's top flight return earlier this summer, and the 27-year-old has stepped up his comeback on the Canaries' week-long tour of the Alps.

In Olsson's absence, Bradley Johnson, Louis Thompson and Harry Toffolo have all been deployed at left-back in the opening pre-season friendlies, with Neil in the market for reinforcements after Javier Garrido's departure.

'Martin is doing really well. He has been joining in and doing all the running with the rest of the boys,' said Neil. 'He is getting his fitness up and we are hoping he is going to fit sooner rather than later. I don't want to put a timescale on it, in terms of the start of the season, because I don't think he is going to get any games in between now and then. I don't think he'll make the first game (against Crystal Palace), however, it shouldn't be too long after that.'

Neil is striving to guard against fresh injuries, although Cameron Jerome watched Monday's friendly against Maccabi Haifa wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

'I took him off at Cambridge as a precaution because he just felt something on the sole of his foot,' said Neil. 'We are just letting that settle down for a few days and see how it goes.'

Kyle Lafferty is back in England getting treatment on a knee injury, but Jonny Howson (viral infection) and Seb Bassong (hamstring) have suffered no adverse reaction to returning in Monday's friendly against Haifa.