Johnson winning battle to face Canaries

Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson has got the Canaries in his sights again after making a good recovery from the injury that has kept him on the sidelines for the previous two games.

Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson has got the Canaries in his sights again after making a good recovery from the injury that has kept him on the sidelines for the previous two games.

The Eagles' top scorer sustained a badly gashed thigh during the 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month and was forced to sit out his team's fixtures against Cardiff and Millwall as a result.

But he should be fit for Saturday's clash with City at Selhurst Park - and will be looking to pile more misery on Nigel Worthington's side after playing a key role in the previous three meetings between the two clubs.

Johnson scored Palace's equaliser as two newly-promoted outfits drew 1-1 in the opening fixture of last season's Premiership campaign and then popped up with a controversial late penalty to earn a share of the spoils in a memorable 3-3 draw in London.


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Johnson took a theatrical tumble in the box to earn that crucial spot-kick and received a hot reception from City fans when Palace visited Carrow Road back in August. But that didn't prevent him from maintaining his superb strike-rate against the Canaries as he scored again in another 1-1 draw.

Manager Iain Dowie is keeping his cards close to his chest as far as Johnson's progress is concerned, but it would be a surprise if the 12-goal front-man didn't return at Clinton Morrison's experience on Saturday - while Finnish midfielder Aki Riihilahti is also in contention for a comeback after missing two games with a groin problem.

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“Andrew is probably 50-50, and Aki is getting closer. He will have an outside chance,” said Dowie.

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