Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett set for development return
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Ryan Bennett aims to push his claims to be part of Norwich City's festive Championship campaign with an outing in this week's development game against Liverpool's Under-21s at Carrow Road.
Bennett played in a practice match at the weekend instead being on duty for Saturday's 5-0 romp against Huddersfield, which saw the return of another longer-term injury absentee in Wes Hoolahan.
City boss Neil Adams confirmed the central defender will feature against the Reds on Wednesday as an over-age player as he steps up his fitness bid following ankle surgery.
'We arranged two 35-minute halves between the 21s and 18s because he needed a game,' said Adams. 'I could take a bit more of a chance with Wes because he is an attacking player. You can't take a risk with a centre back. I spoke to him on Friday, his attitude was first class, he asked to play in the game and we have a development match on Wednessday and he will play in that against Liverpool, which is exactly what he needs.
'The reason Ryan wasn't involved was because of his position. You would not want to throw him on after five minutes or so when he has been out for 11 weeks. With Wes if it didn't go to plan, with him playing in forward areas you can get him off. We will have a look and see if Wes can play in that (Liverpool game) and Vadis (Ofoe) asll well if he is okay. That also gives us a chance to look at one or two others.'
Ofoe has had positive news after visiting a specialist following a setback last week in his recovery from a knee injury.
'He was in Belgium speaking to a consultant surgeon and the initial feedback I have had is that it's a thumbs up,' said Adams. 'We need to look into that in more depth over these next few days but it seems like it could be good news and if it is then we can push him on because he has been training with us.'
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Hoolahan proved he is firmly in contention for first team action with a second-half shift against the Terriers capped by an assist for Lewis Grabban to seal the win.
'Wes is a unique talent. There is not too many like him, if any, and he was absolutely itching to get on,' said Adams. 'I turned around and looked at him to tell him to get ready and he was almost ready to go. He was desperate to get on and we're delighted he is back with us.'