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Jamal Lewis set for swift Norwich return as Michael McGovern to make first Premier League start

Both Jamal Lewis and Michael McGovern are expected to start for Norwich on Saturday.
Both Jamal Lewis and Michael McGovern are expected to start for Norwich on Saturday.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is set for two boosts on Norwich's team-sheet come Saturday afternoon.

Not only is Jamal Lewis passed fit to play after picking up an elbow injury last weekend, but goalkeeper Michael McGovern is set for a big debut.

The two boosts arrive in perfect time for next week's Euro 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands.

Left-back Lewis suffered an injury in last weekend's loss to Crystal Palace and it had been feared a potential broken elbow would lead to a prolonged period on the sidelines.

However, Norwich are set to include the 21-year-old in their panel for this weekend's game at Carrow Road.

O'Neill has included Lewis in his latest Northern Ireland squad but, as he waited on confirmation of the full-back's fitness, the boss will be buoyed by Norwich's news.

Also set to start is McGovern, who came off the bench during last week's loss after Ralf Fahrmann picked up a groin injury. Added to Tim Krul's back problem, it means McGovern, 35, will make his first ever Premier League start and his first league start since April 2017.

McGovern, of course, was one of Northern Ireland's heroes of Euro 2016, where he started all four games and conceded only three goals.

Barring anything unexpected, McGovern will meet up with O'Neill's squad as the only goalkeeper with a league start under his belt this season. Both Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Burnley) and Trevor Carson (Motherwell) have found themselves as back-up options at club level this season, although Peacock-Farrell impressed against Germany last time out for his country.

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