Henry's loan spell cut short

James Henry's loan spell at Carrow Road is over - because Reading weren't happy he was getting enough games. The 18-year-old started just one game and made two other appearances as a sub after arriving at City on January 31.

James Henry's loan spell at Carrow Road is over - because Reading weren't happy he was getting enough games.

The 18-year-old started just one game and made two other appearances as a sub after arriving at City on January 31.

However, the loan deal has now been ripped up and Henry could finally get his first game for more than three weeks on Tuesday night, when he is expected to play for Reading reserves.

Norwich manager Glenn Roeder said ending the agreement early was the best for all parties.


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“I spoke to Nick Hammond, the director of football at Reading, last week and he was concerned James wasn't getting involved as much as he would like him to be and that it was best if he went back to Reading,” he said.

“I'd like to place on record my thoughts that although he didn't break into the first team as much as would have been ideal during his time here, he was always a pleasure to work with and he's a very talented player.

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“I'm sure he will go on to be an excellent player for Reading in the future.”

England Under-19 international Henry, who was due to stay at Carrow Road until April 28, made his debut in the latter stages of the home win over Preston on February 2.

He made his full debut at Leicester a fortnight later and while it wasn't one to remember, it was overshadowed by the fact that he started on the left - and fans' favourite Darren Huckerby didn't even make the travelling party for a match that City lost 4-0 to end a 13-game unbeaten run.

Henry's final appearance was as a late sub in the home win over Barnsley on February 23 - the last time City won a game.

His opportunities were limited by Lee Croft's good form and the fact that he was one of six loan players - and only five are allowed to be named in a matchday squad of 16.

Henry - who recently signed a new contract with the Royals, tying him to the club until 2010 - is likely to be involved in Reading's reserve game at West Ham on Tuesday night.

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