No sentiment allowed for Norwich City’s Jonny Howson ahead of Leeds homecoming

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson makes his first playing return to Leeds on Tuesday. Picture by

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson makes his first playing return to Leeds on Tuesday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson insists there will be no divided loyalties when he returns to boyhood club Leeds.

Howson was the Whites' youngest captain since the legendary Billy Bremner when he broke through at Elland Road in his teens before becoming part of the talent drain which headed to Norfolk.

The 26-year-old admits it will be a special night for his family on Tuesday evening, but City's promotion quest is his priority.

'At the beginning of the season it was one of the games I did look out for,' he said. 'This will only be the second time I have been back since I left and that was to go and watch my mate in a cup-final. It will be nice to go back but at the same time it is not a case of me personally going just to enjoy it. I will be professional and do what I have to do for the team. Under the circumstances and what we have to play for it is about going there and getting three points.

'I was the second one to come after Bradley (Johnson) and then Snods (Robert Snodgrass) and Luc (Becchio) followed. I still have mates who are Leeds fans and they gave me stick in the past asking me which player we were taking next.'


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Johnson misses out on a reunion with his old club as he serves the second of a two-match ban, but the Canaries managed to prevail at Bolton in thrilling circumstances without the key midfielder.

'I'm sure it is a sore one for him,' said Howson, speaking to the club's media team. 'The form he has been in, he has been our key player throughout the season. I think he was devastated about missing these two and for him to not be able to go back to one of his old clubs it must be a kick in the teeth. Bolton was a must-win game, as every one is, and to nick it with a great finish from Hoops (Gary Hooper) was a great feeling. He is one of the players you want in that situation.

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'I spoke to Hoops afterwards and said from where I was I didn't know if it was going in and he said as soon as he managed to get it over the keeper he knew it was. It was one of those moments when time stood still. It was a terrific finish and the emotion and excitement in the dressing room afterwards was special, but it is not done yet.

'We have kept ourselves in a great position although we still have four tough games to go.'

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