Young Norwich City reserves side expected for West Brom challenge
Norwich City's second string travel to West Bromwich Albion this afternoon in their latest Premier Reserve League fixture (2pm).
The Canaries' academy prospects and young professionals are expected to be on duty at Albion's training ground. Josh Dawkin and Matt Ball were part of a squad beaten 4-0 by Liverpool's reserves in the north-west last weekend.
City's cause against a strong Reds' line up featuring the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Fabio Aurelio was badly hindered when young midfielder Dean Florence was forced to go in goal at half-time after an injury to regular academy stopper Remi Matthews. The Canaries have largely used their return to higher level reserve competition this season as a development aid for the club's emerging talent, with the club's senior stars only used in the home games at Carrow Road. Elliott Ward – who made an impressive Premier League return against Swansea at the weekend– and James Vaughan both featured in the last home reserve run-out against Chelsea. Marc Tierney also played 70 minutes against the young Blues, but has since suffered a reaction to the groin injury sustained at Wolves in December. City boss Paul Lambert admitted prior to the weekend win at Swansea that striker James Vaughan could benefit from another reserve outing as he steps up his fitness bid from a long term knee injury, but the former England U21 appears more likely to feature in next week's scheduled home reserve league fixture against Arsenal at Carrow Road.
Norwich have won only once in the reserve league this season when they beat Everton 2-1 at Carrow Road in late August. Albion could field January transfer window signing Scott Allan. The Scottish U21 midfielder has yet to feature for the Baggies' first team, but played 85 minutes in their recent 2-0 reserve league win over Swansea.