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Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson could return from two months spent on the sidelines with a back injury for Sunday’s home Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Neither on-loan winger Jonás Gutiérrez (calf) nor defender Ryan Bennett (thigh) are match fit.

Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) both also continue their rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is likely to welcome back a number of first-team regulars.

With several players suffering from niggling injuries many did not travel for the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Dnipro.

Most are expected to be available at Carrow Road with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor in line to return.

Sandro, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches are all set to miss out once again.

Fulham’s decision to replace Rene Meulensteen leaves Norwich boss Chris Hughton as the new leader of the Premier League sack race.

Norwich chief executive David McNally has admitted the club are already considering alternatives to Hughton, who must avoid a heavy defeat to his former club Tottenham.

Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood has no such worries, but a third successive cup defeat means the White Hart Lane club will be counting on their impressive Premier League form to continue.

Stat of the game: If Tottenham win this match, they will equal their best points tally after 27 games of a Premier League season (53 in 2011-12).

Norwich (Possible, 4-5-1): Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson; Pilkington, Johnson, Fer, Tettey, Redmond; Hooper.
Out: E Bennett (knee), R Bennett (thigh), Gutiérrez (calf), Turner (hamstring).
Test: Howson (back).

Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Dembélé; Lennon, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor.
Out: Sandro (calf), Lamela, Chiriches (both back).
Tests: Dembélé (ankle), Sigurdsson (thigh).

Referee: Craig Pawson. Matches: 7, R0 Y20.

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