Football - Ruddy ready for key Villa clash

Norwich 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.

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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.

However, after stepping up his rehabilitation in recent weeks with a couple of matches for the Under-21s side, Hughton revealed Ruddy is "fit and available" for a match which could see Norwich secure their top-flight status.

"What we are conscious of is he has been out for a long time, but John has had a period of training now and has played some development games, so we will make the decisions in house," said Hughton.

"Also, I have to think about Mark Bunn, who overall has done very well for us.

"I have to consider all of those things, but I am very conscious of where John is at this moment."

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