Lansbury set to be recalled to face Palace

Manager Paul Lambert looks set to change a winning team as Norwich City bid to maintain the Championship’s best away record tomorrow.

The Canaries, who face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (3pm), have been beaten just twice in 13 league matches on their travels, chalking up their sixth victory on the road with a 2-1 success at Sheffield United last Saturday.

But with midfielder Henri Lansbury returning on loan for the rest of the season, it will be a surprise if he is not recalled against the Eagles, who are third from bottom but will be looking to complete a double over the Canaries after their 2-1 win at Carrow Road in October.

Striker Simeon Jackson was recalled for City at Bramall Lane after Lansbury’s loan was not renewed in time for him to face the Blades, but it was Chris Martin who was switched to the role behind the two strikers that the Arsenal man had filled in the 1-1 draw against Cardiff the previous week.

It remains to be seen whether any of sidelined trio Elliott Ward (calf), Andrew Surman (knee) or Stephen Hughes – back in reserve team action after an ankle operation – are fit enough for the trip to South London.


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Lambert confirmed that Ward, who has missed six matches, had played 60 minutes in a practice match this week but said he had not decided whether to include him in his squad tomorrow.

Palace boss Dougie Freedman is expected to include striker James Vaughan, starting a second loan spell from Everton, with Pablo Counago favourite to drop to the bench.

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