Norwich City confirm prestige home friendly against Real Sociedad

Norwich defender Javier Garrido is poised for a reunion with his boyhood Spainish club Real Sociedad

Norwich defender Javier Garrido is poised for a reunion with his boyhood Spainish club Real Sociedad after the Champions-League qualifiers were confirmed as a prestige home Carrow Road friendly. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City will host Spanish Champions-League qualifiers Real Sociedad in a Carrow Road friendly on Tuesday, August 6 (7:45pm).

The Canaries confirmed the first of two high-profile fixtures on Tuesday morning which will see Chris Hughton's squad take on continental opposition as they step up their preparations for the Premier League kick off on August 17.

The Basques' finished fourth in last season's La Liga behind champions Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela was Sociedad's 14-goal top scorer last season and the club have a clutch of exciting younger talent. Highly-rated Spanish U21 defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi has been linked with a £10m summer move to the Gunners.

City's Spanish full-back Javier Garrido started his career with Sociedad after progressing through their youth ranks before sealing a move to Manchester City in 2007.

The home test against Spanish opposition follows on from away friendlies the previous week at Brighton and Braga after the club's three-date US tour.


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