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
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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.
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.
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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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