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Norwich City awaits Ruddy's return

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy celebrates victory against Manchester United in November 2012. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton must decide whether to hand goalkeeper John Ruddy his long-awaited return to action in this weekend's crunch Barclays Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Carrow Road.

The 26-year-old, who made his single England appearance last year, has not featured for the Canaries since the draw at Everton on November 24 after needing surgery on a torn muscle in his thigh.

Norwich have confirmed a three-match tour of the United States in July.

The Canaries will play fixtures against Major League Soccer sides the San Jose Earthquakes and the Portland Timbers, as well as a game in Sacramento.

Hughton said on the club's official website, www.canaries.co.uk: "The games will provide an important part of our pre-season build-up for the 2013-14 domestic campaign and of course it's a great opportunity for the club to engage with football fans in the United States."

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