Norwich City striker Gary Hooper goes to hospital for precautionary scans on shin injury after Panathinakos friendly win

Chris Hughton confirmed Gary Hooper had gone to hospital for a precautionay X-ray after damaging his

Chris Hughton confirmed Gary Hooper had gone to hospital for a precautionay X-ray after damaging his left shin in Norwich City's 2-0 friendly win over Panathinaikos. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton confirmed Norwich City's new summer signing Gary Hooper had gone to hospital for a precautionary X-ray on a left shin injury after being stretchered off in the Canaries' 2-0 pre-season win over Panathinaikos on Saturday at Carrow Road.

Hooper twisted awkwardly early in the second period after trying to roll Pana defender Gordon Schildenfend and the ex-Celtic striker was immediately replaced by Elliott Bennett after treatment pitchside by City's medical staff. Hughton remained cautiously optimistic when prompted for an early prognosis with less than a week to the Premier League kick-off at home to Everton.

'Let's wait and see,' he said. 'What he has done is gone to hospital for a precautionary scan and an X-ray. He took a bang on the side of his shin. I was very close to the incident at the time so I had a good view of it. I could tell it was going to be a sore one. We are hoping it is going to be okay and that in effect all it is, is an injury that is painful for a little while. I think it was more an awkward challenge than a bad one. I haven't seen it back on the replay but in game-time it looked a clumsy challenge. I did see the lad catch him but as I say we hope it is a whack and he will be okay.'

Bradley Johnson's headed brace secured a comfortable victory for the Canaries as they completed their close-season preparations prior to the Toffees' Premier League visit.

'The win certainly pleased me,' said Hughton. 'There were some very good parts to the game but some aspects we could have done a little bit better and we could have been sharper in certain areas. All the teams now are in the same boat in that we are all striving to get to that point when we are ready for the opening league game. The intensity changes of course when you get into the season and you find players will rise to the occasion, but it was a well-needed work out.'

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