Canaries loanee aims to impress in Trophy to force his way into Shrews’ league XI

Louis Thompson in pre-season action for Norwich City ahead of his loan move to Shrewsbury Picture: P

Louis Thompson in pre-season action for Norwich City ahead of his loan move to Shrewsbury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Louis Thompson is aiming to force his way into Shrewsbury Town’s starting XI in League One, as the Norwich City loanee prepares for a chance to shine in the EFL Trophy this evening.

The 24-year-old midfielder's flourishing career has been badly affected by injuries but he is under contract at Norwich until 2022, with the option for a further year.

Thompson returned to Canaries contention last season, after recovering from two serious Achilles tendon injuries, but a dislocated shoulder and a knee injury curtailed his involvement as Daniel Farke's team were promoted to the Premier League.

A season-long loan with the Shrews has followed and manager Sam Ricketts had eased the former Swindon favourite back into action, with both starts coming in the Trophy, alongside nine substitute appearances in the third tier.

Shrewsbury will advance to the knockout stages if they beat League Two side Macclesfield at home this evening, with Thompson having played all of a 3-0 home win over Newcastle United Under-21s last month.

"It's been really good," Thompson told the Shropshire Star, discussing his loan spell so far. "Of course, like any player, you want to play every game that you can.

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"But I feel like I have been pretty at it to be fair. It's been a good period of training that I've had. Every player wants to play week in, week out. That can't always be the case.

"But that is what you are pushing towards and I have to make the manager's decision a tough one now.

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"This game against Macclesfield is a big opportunity."

The Bristol-born midfielder trained with the Wales senior squad last summer having earned two caps at U21 level previously.

He joined Norwich in a deal reportedly worth up to £1million in 2014 but has only made 14 appearances for City because of his injuries - having spent most of his first two seasons with the club back on loan at Swindon.

Thompson was involved in pre-season for the Canaries this year but limped off just 19 minutes into the first friendly and a loan move followed once he was fit.

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