Ryan Bennett planning permanent return to Norwich
PUBLISHED: 15:59 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:42 20 December 2019
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Ryan Bennett is back on familiar territory at Carrow Road this weekend – and planning to make a permanent return to the city one day.
Bennett spent more than five years at City before being released in the summer of 2017 as the Canaries cleared the financial decks.
Wolves snapped him up and he played a major part in their return to the top flight - and although he is likely to be on the bench on Saturday, he is looking forward to the experience.
"I've been back there a few times now and done well," he told the Express & Star.
"Hopefully, we go back there and do so again."
Bennett, 29, plans to follow the example of many former City players over the years and set down roots in Norfolk.
"It was the first club that really took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity, so I'll always be thankful for that," said Bennett, who joined City from Peterborough United in March, 2012.
"The staff were always brilliant there and I still have friends there. It's a town my family are going to grow up in and I'm going to move back to eventually.
"It's a place that I associate with a lot of fond memories.
"Once the game starts, though, we just want to win. It doesn't matter who we're playing."
It will also be a reunion of sorts for Wolves keeper John Ruddy - who also left Carrow Road in the summer of 2017 - and possibly youngster Benny Ashley-Seal, who Wolves signed from Norwich 18 months ago after he shone in the youth set-up - both are hoping to be among the substitutes.
Wolves are likely to include winger Adama Traore, who dislocated his shoulder in the 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham last weekend.
Traore has trained as normal after clutching his shoulder late on in the 2-1 loss and manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed on Friday that the Spaniard's shoulder came out of place before it was popped back in by the club's medical team.
"It was dislocated. Fortunately, the medic was able to put it back again," said Nuno. "He is recovering well and improving. He has the pain that the trauma caused him, but he's improving. He's in the squad, so we decide after."
Traore's form has made headlines of late, but Nuno was reluctant to pick him out.
"I am happy with him," said the Wolves boss. "I am happy with all the players. We work on all the players in the squad to improve them. It is progression that has no limits. We always try to get things better."
City sit second from bottom of the table, but Nuno insists it means little.
"The position in the table doesn't meant anything," he said. "All the teams, all the squads are really high quality, and it is going to be very tough for us, very, very tough.
"It is a good team. We have been together in the Championship. Daniel is still there working - good players and very good ideas of football but we have got be focused, organised and try to play the way we play through the game and create chances."