Vadis Ofoe and Ryan Bennett may face Patrick Vieira’s Manchester City hopefuls with Norwich City Under-21s

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe has not featured for Norwich City since injuring knee ligaments at Sheffield Wedn

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe has not featured for Norwich City since injuring knee ligaments at Sheffield Wednesday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The youngsters of Premier League giants Manchester City will provide the opponents for Norwich City Under-21s at Carrow Road tonight.

Centre-back Ryan Bennett and Belgian midfielder Vadis Ofoe could feature as two of the three permitted outfield players over the age of 23 for the Canaries, as they continue their injury comebacks.

Left-back Javier Garrido and goalkeeper Declan Rudd are likely to be the other senior players involved, alongside young prospects such as Josh and Jacob Murphy, Conor McGrandles and Carlton Morris.

Managed by former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, the City U21s arrive in Norfolk looking to end a three-match losing streak in the Barclays U21 Premier League.

Tickets are again free for the match, with huge support for the Canaries U21s enjoyed by the club so far this season, including a league record of 10,405 for a 3-1 win against Tottenham in October.

Paul Wilkinson's team will be hoping for another good crowd for the match as they look to extend a four-match unbeaten league run which has included draws against Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and Leicester.

Striker Carlton Morris scored the only goal in the last U21s game at Carrow Road, in a 1-0 victory over the U21s of German club Borussia Monchengladbach in the Premier League International Cup.

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The 19-year-old centre-forward has just completed a loan spell in League Two with York City, making eight appearances as a substitute but failing to find the net.

'I'd have liked to play a bit more, but I took back a lot of experience,' Morris told his club's official website.

'It's given me a different perspective on football as I knew it and it's something I can put on my CV that I've been involved in now. I'm only taking the positives from it really. I enjoyed my time there, and learned a lot.'

Winger Jacob Murphy and Jamaican international striker Jamar Loza are also likely to be involved, having completed similar loan spells in League One recently, at Scunthorpe and Yeovil respectively.

U21s boss Wilkinson said of those loan spells: 'Sometimes they don't get as many minutes as they would like, but they have to be brave and not be deterred by it.

'Players like Harry Kane had four or five loan spells before getting a break at Tottenham, and lots of players have done the same. It's about learning your trade, and understanding about being part of a team somewhere.

'If you learn something, even if it's only a little thing, it's important. They need to use their chance to go out.'

Wilkinson continued: 'The crowds have been fantastic at every match.

'In Borussia, we faced a team who play in a senior league week-in, week-out, so it was always going to be a good test. Over the last few games the lads have put together some good performances.

'It will be a tough game against Manchester City. We'll set our stall out, and try to impose ourselves on the game when possible.

'We need to be solid defensively but still create enough opportunities to score goals.'

Tickets for the match can be booked at or collected from the club's ticket offices.