Norwich City a ‘superb test’ in game of four quarters for Cambridge United
Norwich City will give Cambridge United a “superb test” this afternoon – according to Us assistant head coach Joe Dunne.
The Canaries head to the Cambs Glass Stadium for a game of four 30-minute quarters, kicking off at 2pm.
Dunne – in charge with first-team coach Mick Halsall while manager Shaun Derry recovers from a routine medical procedure – says the test will provide the staff with a perfect indication of where the League Two side are in terms of their preparations.
“We’ll look to get 60 minutes into the players, but we know it’s going to be tough,” said former Colchester United boss Dunne. “Norwich are a good side with a new manager who brings a German element to the game. It’s going to be great for us and it’s going to be good for the fans also to watch because it will be a different style of play.
“This is a step up now. We’ve taken the first step this week and we’ll take the next step next week and then we go into another step the following week, but progression is what it’s all about and getting to the start line.
“To play this kind of game you need maximum number of players, so I’m sure we’ll see a lot of Norwich’s first-team players and their under-23s, but whatever they bring they’re strong and it will be a superb test for us.
“We’ll probably be running around a lot chasing the ball at times, but that’s what we want.”
It will be the Canaries’ fourth outing of the summer, after their tour win at Cobh in Ireland, last weekend’s win at Lowestoft Town and the 2-2 draw at Stevenage in midweek.
Boss Daniel Farke may decide to take a few more players given there is 120 minutes of football to be played, but it looks likely that club captain Russell Martin will make his first appearance of the summer, having returned to training following a back injury.
Steven Naismith and Marley Watkins weren’t risked at Stevenage after minor knocks, but should be fit to return.
Goalkeeper Angus Gunn joined up for training last Monday after his England Under-21 duties and could feature for the first time since his loan move from Manchester City, although international team-mate Jacob Murphy was given extra leave and may not be ready to resume duties.