Hooper injured during Norwich friendly
Striker taken to hospital, Arsenal defeat Manchester City 3-1
Gary Hooper of Norwich City is carried off during the pre-season friendly between Norwich City and Panathinaikos at Carrow Road. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Norwich’s big-money summer signing Gary Hooper was a cause for concern tonight after he injured his leg in their friendly win over Panathinaikos.
Hooper joined from Celtic for over €5 million last month but there are now doubts as to whether or not he will start the season.
He left Carrow Road on a stretcher with manager Chris Hughton hoping there was nothing to worry about.
“Gary has been taken for a precautionary X-ray. He got a whack on the shin, it was an awkward challenge,” he told his club’s Twitter feed,
“We’ll wait and see what the X-ray shows but hopefully it’s just a whack which will be a bit sore rather than anything more serious.”
Bradley Johnson scored both of Norwich’s goals as the Canaries claimed a 2-0 victory.
In Finland, Arsenal struck a possibly big psychological blow to Manchester City as they beat them 3-1.
Alvaro Negredo replied for City.
Ravel Morrison scored after 16 seconds as West Ham saw off Pacos de Ferreira 2-1 — the other goal coming from Modibo Maiga, while Crystal Palace lost 1-0 to Lazio.
Stoke drew 0-0 with Genoa, while Jason Puncheon’s late winner helped Southampton beat Real Sociedad by the odd goal in seven.
Elsewhere, Hull looked good as they beat Real Betis 3-0 in Andy Dawson’s testimonial.