Portsmouth U23s 4 Norwich City U23s 0 – Former Reading star Jem Karacan plays for Canaries

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20/04/2013
Kei Kamara of Norwich and Jem

Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 20/04/2013 Kei Kamara of Norwich and Jem Karacan of Reading in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former Reading midfielder Jem Karacan was given a chance to impress as Norwich City's Under-23s took on their Portsmouth counterparts in the Premier League Cup.

The 27-year-old, who is a free agent after being released by Turkish giants Galatasaray at the beginning of the month, played for 75 minutes at Havant and Waterlooville's Westfield Park ground.

But it was not a night to remember for Karacan or the team, with Portsmouth winning 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Jamal Lowe and another from Nicke Kabamba.

London born of Turkish descent, Karacan signed for Reading in 2007 and made 175 appearances for the club – including 21 in the Premier League – while scoring 12 goals, before signing a three year contract with Galatasaray in the summer of 2015. The move did not work out however, with the player only making two appearances and being loaned out to fellow Turkish club Bursaspor, for whom he played 10 times.

He is now back in England and looking for a club at a time when City are short of central midfield options, with Graham Dorrans and Louis Thompson both out injured, Youssouf Mulumbu at the African Nations Cup and Alex Tettey just one yellow card away from a two match ban.

City: Hallett, Efete, Godfrey, Crowe, Ramsay, Adams, Karacan (Fleming 75), Grant, Jaiyesimi, Lewis (Aransibia 73), Cantwell. Subs not used: Oxborough, Kamal, Payne.

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