New Canaries attacker should now be fit for Everton clash on Saturday.
Norwich City have received a huge boost ahead of the new Premier League season with the news that the injury suffered by key new signing Gary Hooper on Saturday is not as bad as first feared, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.
The Canaries only bought the prolific Englishman from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic last month, with the 25-year-old moving to Carrow Road on a three-year contract for a fee of £5.5 million.
However, Norwich head coach Chris Hughton has had an anxious past few days after the striker was stretchered off after suffering what looked like a serious leg injury playing against Greek giants Panathinaikos in a friendly on the weekend ahead of the new campaign.
Luckily for both Hughton, the club and the player himself, scans have since come back to reveal that Hooper’s injury is not serious, with the forward even being in contention to play against Everton in the first game of the top-flight season on Saturday.
“The X-ray and scan are fine and there is no fracture or any other problem which might indicate a long-term injury,” said Hughton.
“There is still some bruising Gary suffered from the knock and he will continue to be monitored and assessed over the days ahead.”
And that will come as a massive relief to the Cannaries, who found goals hard to come by last season, hence Hooper’s arrival at the club after the attacker managed to net an impressive 82 goals in just 138 matches for the Scottish giants in his four years in Glasgow.