City trio on target for pre-season

Adam Drury, Dejan Stefanovic and Wes Hoolahan are on course to play a full part in Norwich City's pre-season, according to Canaries physio Simon Spencer.

Adam Drury, Dejan Stefanovic and Wes Hoolahan are on course to play a full part in Norwich City's pre-season, according to Canaries physio Simon Spencer.

Drury has suffered with a persistent knee problem since October 2007 while Serbian defender Stefanovic damaged his anterior cruciate ligaments in the 2-2 draw with Preston at Carrow Road last November.

Former Blackpool star Hoolahan limped off with with ankle ligament damage in City's 1-0 home win over Plymouth in March.

But the outlook for all three is bright, giving manager Bryan Gunn another fillip on the day he unveiled Matthew Gill as his first signing of the summer.


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“Dejan, Adam and Wes are all doing very well,” Spencer told canaries.co.uk. “Dejan is back after a two-week break and it looks very good. He's involved with almost everything, just apart from out-and-out training with the squad.

“He has his final consultant appointment this week, so we're hopeful he can then progress over the next couple of weeks and get back to full training with the squad - he'll be doing that plus extra work on top.

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'We're hoping that Dejan will make a start to the pre-season. Hopefully his fitness will continue progressing as well as it has. He had his operation in late November last year, and ACLs are generally given around six to nine months to recover. So he's just at around six now so with a bit of luck, he can complete a full pre-season.”

On Drury, Spencer added: “Adam's done very well. He had an operation on May 7 - a minor knee operation just to tidy things up. It's in good condition and is looking healthy, which is very pleasing to us. It's a positive also for Adam, as he started his rehab from that point onwards.

“He's been getting back into jogging, and he's been running at a three-quarter pace. As long as he progresses as well as he has been, he will hopefully be back for the start of pre-season and will drop back into the first team squad. There have been no complaints so far.”

Spencer is equally optimistic about Hoolahan, saying: “Wes tore ligaments in his ankle towards the end of the season, and he's currently around ten weeks post-operation - so he's now looking at the point where he can step back into full training.

“He's been given an extensive off-season programme and has intermittently been in to the training ground for us to keep an eye on him. There's been no reported problems with him, so we're hopeful he'll continue to progress.”

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