Ruddy steps up return to match fitness

Norwich goalkeeper Ruddy has been out of action since November 2012. Credit: PA

England goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to step up his rehabilitation from a thigh injury after completing 90 minutes of Norwich's Under-21s match at Newcastle.

The 26-year-old has not featured for the Canaries since the draw at Everton on November 24 after needing surgery on a torn muscle.

Ruddy played all of the 2-0 Barclays U21 Development League defeat at Newcastle on Monday night, and will now be expected to come into contention for a first-team return over the run-in as Chris Hughton's men target top-flight survival.

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