Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is on the comeback trail against Everton’s Under 21s at Carrow Road

Jonny Howson will make his first Norwich City appearance in two months against Everton's Under-21s at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening. Picture: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff Jonny Howson will make his first Norwich City appearance in two months against Everton's Under-21s at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening. Picture: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:45 AM

Jonny Howson will make his long-awaited return from a back injury in Tuesday night’s Premier League development fixture against Everton’s Under-21s at Carrow Road (KO 7pm).

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Howson was an unused substitute in the 1-0 weekend win over Tottenham after a two-month lay-off. The influential midfielder’s last senior appearance came in a 1-1 Premier League home draw against Swansea in December but both Howson and striker Luciano Becchio will start against the young Toffees as over-age outfield players.

Mark Robson’s squad will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s disappointing 1-0 development league defeat to West Brom’s under-21s. City’s youngsters are currently one point ahead of Alan Stubb’s side in 13th place as they target a top half finish to the inaugural 22-team division, which will split into a two-tier structure for the 2014/15 season.

“That was the first time we looked a little bit of lacklustre. We didn’t have enough energy to get on the ball, so certainly in the last few days we’ve been working on that,” Robson told the club’s official site. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the boys to play at Carrow Road again and hopefully we can put on a decent display. I’m expecting a tough match. Everton are renowned for producing committed teams through their youth system, but it’s another game to look forward to.”

Howson trained with the club’s younger talent on Monday and Robson believes the midfielder’s presence is a major boost for his squad.

“He trained with us and he trained really, really well. Straight away it lifted the quality around the group,” he said. “I think it will have major benefits because he’ll be playing alongside one or two of our younger players. I’m sure he will rub off on one or two and help one or two whilst he’s playing. It’s nice for Jon because he’s been out for a while and he obviously needs a few minutes under his belt to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure there will be a few fans who want to come down and see him because he’s a top player. It will be great if we can get a few more supporters through the door because of that.”

• Seats will be available in the Jarrold Stand, priced £3 per person, or free entry for priority members. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by telephone on 0844 826 1902 or in person from the ticket office at Carrow Road or the Canary Stores at Chapelfield and The Mall. Tickets will be available from the Carrow Road ticket office prior to the match but supporters are advised to buy in advance or arrive early to avoid queues.

Car parking will be available at the stadium on a first come, first served basis.

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9 comments

  • Good idea to have these two playing tonight.wonder why it has taken this long to field first teamers in the u21's?Long term bench warmers need game time somewhere.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Hoolahan instead of Fer??? Not sure if you're being serious, but if so I'll have 5 of what you're smoking!

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    NorthCity

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • How long has it been since Becchio completed any minutes of football? It seems that pubmandave`s much-vaunted Press Conference didn`t happen. I had wrongly guessed that Famiglia Becchio were buying the Club. Proved to be a dead horse, so put it to bed. Matt333, I went into Naaridge yisterdy, and your Hot Dog stall near Anglia Square was gone. The thought police have got you? Tell me it isn`t true. PMD; you now have made 3 major predictions - 1 right, 1 wrong, 1 not proven. Statistically insignificant. Not you, pmd, you`re a sage.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I agree Fluff but the real answer is to reintroduce a proper reserve league so that all the fringe players can be kept match fit. Given the crazy money now paid to Premiership clubs, I think they should all have to field a reserve side playing the reverse fixtures maybe a day apart to allow for substitutes to the first team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Why doesn't Hughton give RvW a run out in the U21's too?? Seems like he needs more than PL match practice to find the back of the net, and hitting a few against opposition a step down from the PL might do his confidence good too! That and needing someone to feed him decent balls in the first place of course!!!

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    Fluffythomas

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • totally agree with TK. We discussed it last week. Having a competitive reserve league like in the past would help players like Becchio, Fox all stay razor sharp. How long has it been since Becchio completed 90 minutes of competitive football? No help to anyone being off the pace. Adreneline can only do so much for a sub.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Entirely agree, Zebbee....almost. I doubt that JH will be fully match fit, so I'd play Hoolahan in place of Fer (carrying on where he left off on Sunday) and then bring on Howson as a sub if necessary. As impact subs go, I imagine he would make quite an impact! Another thing, if Hoolahan and Lambert do want to rekindle their love affair next season, Hoolahan will want to impress his former and future boss, so he has even more reason to turn on the style against Villa.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • It will be very difficult to make changes to the side the way they played on Sunday but personally I would like to see Howson in for Fer. I like Fer but not sure his best position is as an attacking midfielder. Howson has proved in the past he's more than capable of filling that position.

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Oh, Jonny, Jonny, Howson how we have missed you!

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    mardler

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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