Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson poised to step into the breach
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Jonny Howson is only too happy to take on the Canaries' attacking midfield burden in the absence of injured duo Vadis Ofoe and Wes Hoolahan ahead of Bolton's Championship visit on Friday (KO 7.45pm).
Ofoe has been ruled out for a 'number of weeks' after suffering knee ligament damage at Sheffield Wednesday, with City's medical staff yet to decide whether the Belgian international needs surgery.
The midfield powerhouse's absence comes just weeks after Irish star Wes Hoolahan damaged ankle lgaments at Fulham, which will sideline him until December at the earliest.
Howson was pressed into a more advanced attacking role at Hillsborough in the second half and the midfielder would relish a chance to operate in that forward position again.
'That attacking role is one I very much like and arguably I think it suits my style of play best,' admitted Howson. 'But nonetheless I've only just managed to get myself into the team in the last two games. I was disappointed to be out injured, so just anywhere on the pitch at the moment I'll take.'
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Howson has started and finished City's last two Championship games – draws at home to his former club Leeds and then at Sheffield Wednesday.
'It does feel like that full match sharpness is getting there now – even more so with having two games within the week as well, it's obviously nice for me personally,' said the 26-year-old. 'So hopefully I can now keep myself in the side, get a nice run of games and start to pick up that sharpness, fitness and that bit of form as well.
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'For me, personally it's just nice to have had these two recent games. Each game is going to be different. Some you maybe will get that time on the ball, and then there will be other games where it will be 100 miles an hour. You have got to adapt to that and – we will do.'