Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is on the comeback trail against Everton’s Under 21s at Carrow Road
06:45 25 February 2014
Jonny Howson will make his long-awaited return from a back injury in Tuesday night’s Premier League development fixture against Everton’s Under-21s at Carrow Road (KO 7pm).
Howson was an unused substitute in the 1-0 weekend win over Tottenham after a two-month lay-off. The influential midfielder’s last senior appearance came in a 1-1 Premier League home draw against Swansea in December but both Howson and striker Luciano Becchio will start against the young Toffees as over-age outfield players.
Mark Robson’s squad will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s disappointing 1-0 development league defeat to West Brom’s under-21s. City’s youngsters are currently one point ahead of Alan Stubb’s side in 13th place as they target a top half finish to the inaugural 22-team division, which will split into a two-tier structure for the 2014/15 season.
“That was the first time we looked a little bit of lacklustre. We didn’t have enough energy to get on the ball, so certainly in the last few days we’ve been working on that,” Robson told the club’s official site. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the boys to play at Carrow Road again and hopefully we can put on a decent display. I’m expecting a tough match. Everton are renowned for producing committed teams through their youth system, but it’s another game to look forward to.”
Howson trained with the club’s younger talent on Monday and Robson believes the midfielder’s presence is a major boost for his squad.
“He trained with us and he trained really, really well. Straight away it lifted the quality around the group,” he said. “I think it will have major benefits because he’ll be playing alongside one or two of our younger players. I’m sure he will rub off on one or two and help one or two whilst he’s playing. It’s nice for Jon because he’s been out for a while and he obviously needs a few minutes under his belt to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure there will be a few fans who want to come down and see him because he’s a top player. It will be great if we can get a few more supporters through the door because of that.”
• Seats will be available in the Jarrold Stand, priced £3 per person, or free entry for priority members. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by telephone on 0844 826 1902 or in person from the ticket office at Carrow Road or the Canary Stores at Chapelfield and The Mall. Tickets will be available from the Carrow Road ticket office prior to the match but supporters are advised to buy in advance or arrive early to avoid queues.
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