Banned Mitchell Dijks returns early for Norwich City – to play for the Under-23s in tonight’s Premier League International Cup semi-final against Sunderland at Carrow Road

Mitchell Dijks of Norwich and David Cotterill of Bristol City in action during the Sky Bet Champions

Mitchell Dijks of Norwich and David Cotterill of Bristol City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ashton Gate, Bristol Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 07/03/2017 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Suspended full-back Mitchell Dijks will get a surprise return to action tonight – as Norwich City Under-23s bid to make the Premier League International Cup final.

Todd Cantwell, pictured scoring a late penalty in the 6-0 win over Zagreb, is likely to be involved

Todd Cantwell, pictured scoring a late penalty in the 6-0 win over Zagreb, is likely to be involved for Norwich City U23s in the International Cup tonight. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Dijks still has two games of a three-match ban to serve, following his red card for violent conduct in the 2-2 Championship draw with Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road earlier this month.

However while the on-loan Dutch international is set to miss Saturday's trip to Aston Villa and the first team's midweek date at high-flying Huddersfield Town, his suspension does not include development fixtures.

That means the 24-year-old defender can and will feature for City's Under-23s against Sunderland at Carrow Road tonight, as they take on Sunderland in their semi-final (7pm).

Winger Matt Jarvis and young defender Ben Godfrey are also set to play, with the winners hosting Porto in the final.

MORE: Read our full preview on tonight's game and Norwich City U23s' Premier League International Cup run


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Entry is free to supporters who wish to take in the game. More than 2,500 fans attended City's quarter-final thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb II at Carrow Road back in February.

Academy manager Richard Money said: 'Our boys are really looking forward to it, they look in pretty good shape and they're in decent form as a group.'

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Norwich were the only club to emerge from the group stages of the International Cup with a 100pc record, after beating Valencia, Celtic and Aston Villa.

If you can't make the game, follow updates at pinkun.com from 6.30pm.

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