Same again for Worthy

PUBLISHED: 11:17 11 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 14 September 2010

Nigel Worthington is likely to stick with the bulk of his new-look side for this afternoon's testing trip to Elland Road. The Norwich City manager made five changes to his starting line-up for last Saturday's home clash against Stoke, with only two falling into the enforced category, and was rewarded with an improved display - and a hard earned victory to go with it.

Nigel Worthington is likely to stick with the bulk of his new-look side for this afternoon's testing trip to Elland Road.

The Norwich City manager made five changes to his starting line-up for last Saturday's home clash against Stoke, with only two falling into the enforced category, and was rewarded with an improved display - and a hard earned victory to go with it.

The players who were axed after the 4-1 drubbing at Crystal Palace - Zesh Rehman, Peter Thorne and Jonatan Johansson - are unlikely to win their places back against Leeds. But the pair who were left out for other reasons will be hoping for a recall, and there's a very good chance that both of them will get it.

Adam Drury is certain to replace Simon Charlton at left-back after serving a one-match ban last week, while Youssef Safri will also surely return now he has recovered from the hip injury that kept him out against Stoke.

The Moroccan playmaker is still playing catch-up in training, but it would be a surprise if wasn't recalled this afternoon, with either Andy Hughes or Carl Robinson dropping down to the bench to accommodate him.

At the back Jason Shackell will be handed another chance to impress alongside Gary Doherty after performing well in his first start since the middle of September, while further up the field Paul McVeigh and Leon McKenzie will also be given another opportunity.

Johansson staked his claim for a swift recall by scoring a last minute winner against Stoke to take his goal tally for the Canaries to three in seven appearances. But McVeigh also played well on his recall, with two assists summing up a lively performance, and will be charged with providing the width today along with Darren Huckerby.

McKenzie, who marked his first full game since August with a well taken opener against Stoke, will once again partner Robert Earnshaw up front. The Welsh international will be looking to make his mark this afternoon after drawing a blank in five of his six City games so far.

Johansson will be keeping all the frontmen on their toes from the bench, where is likely to be joined by keeper Paul Gallacher and two from Hughes, Robinson, Dickson Etuhu, Jurgen Colin, Rehman and Charlton. Worthington is likely to complete his 16-man squad with a striker, with Ian Henderson, Ryan Jarvis and Peter Thorne - who was overlooked completely last weekend - all in the frame.

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