Norwich City Reserves back in action

Norwich City reserves return to action this evening with a trip to Stevenage (7pm) - their first competitive action since a friendly against West Ham in mid-November.

Norwich City reserves return to action this evening with a trip to Stevenage (7pm) - their first competitive action since a friendly against West Ham in mid-November.

Paul Lambert's four permanent signings during the January transfer window have boosted the number of players at his disposal - and the City boss is glad of the chance to give his more rusty players some game time.

“We need games for the lads,” said Lambert. “Yes, they can train as hard as they want but I think match fitness is still vital for them. They need games, because you look at the bench now compared to what it was a few months ago and it's a little bit stronger than it was. The young ones need time and yes, I'm not frightened to put them in - not by any stretch - as we've done. But they also need a little bit of help and a bit of time to progress their careers.”

The game at Broadhall Way could see the return of Declan Rudd and Michael Spillane to action after lengthy injuries while Paul McVeigh and Jamie Cureton will be hoping to feature.