Belfast Telegraph

Rudd set to start for City

Norwich manager Paul Lambert has "no fear" about throwing rookie keeper Declan Rudd into Barclays Premier League action against West Brom on Sunday.

The 20-year-old is set to deputise for John Ruddy, who must serve a one-match ban after his sending off at Chelsea before the international break. Diss-born Rudd only has a handful of appearances to his name, including the 4-0 Carling Cup defeat to MK Dons, while his first job at Stamford Bridge was to pick Frank Lampard's penalty out of the net.

"I have got no fear about Declan playing - no fear," Lambert told a news conference.

"He has never let himself or me down, so I haven't got any problem [with him playing]."

Lambert decided against recalling Jed Steer from his loan spell at Yeovil or bringing in an experienced stopper ahead of transfer deadline, so 17-year-old Academy keeper Remi Matthews looks set for a place on the bench.

Summer signing James Vaughan could be in line for a belated debut, the striker having been hampered by a knee problem since his arrival from Everton.

Centre-half Zak Whitbread is a doubt with a hamstring problem picked up at Chelsea, but otherwise Lambert expects a clean bill of health from Norwich's returning internationals.

Steve Morison impressed for Wales against both Montenegro, scoring in the 2-1 win and then England at Wembley, where midfielder Andrew Crofts also featured.

Lambert said: "I don't think Morison lacks confidence anyway - and I thought Crofty was excellent, I really did."


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