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Transfer News: Tristan Abrahams Loan Ended & Returns To Norwich

The loan agreement of Norwich City Under-23s forward Tristan Abrahams with Leyton Orient has been terminated by mutual consent.

Abrahams moved to City earlier this summer from Orient for an undisclosed fee, and initially returned to his former side on a temporary basis.

However, it has since been agreed by all parties that the 18-year-old will return to train with the Canaries on a full-time basis for the immediate future.

City Sporting Director, Stuart Webber, said: “We spoke to Leyton Orient and said we felt it would be beneficial for Tristan to spend more time here.

“He wasn’t getting the game-time we’d originally planned at Orient. If he’d played for them at all, it would have limited the potential for loan moves in the future.

“That was another factor for us to consider. We didn’t want to harm his opportunities so decided to act quickly on the situation, and Leyton Orient were very good about it.”

Cambridgeshire hotel makes fantastic gesture for Wes Hoolahan fan

One Norwich City fan had his day made after his bizarre request to a Cambridgeshire hotel was granted when they put a framed picture of Wes Hoolahan by his bedside.

Norwich fan Darren Wood made his way to the Haydock Hotel in Stamford in Cambridgeshire for a wedding, and made just one request to the hotel staff.

He wanted a framed photo of the Portland Row man in the room - and the hotel staff did not disappoint.

Wood arrived to find the picture of the Irish international at his bedside as requested, spotting Hoolahan celebrating his goal against Sweden in EURO 2016.

"Thanks to haycockhotelLLP for this", Wood wrote on Twitter.

"Absolutely amazing stuff!"

Aston Villa 4 -2 Norwich Match Report

Aston Villa made light of their early-season wobbles as they deservedly beat Norwich City to claim their first Championship win of the season, as mdfielder Conor Hourihane made the main headlines with a hat-trick.

But teenagers Keinan Davis, who set up Hourihane's first on his EFL debut, and Andre Green, who curled in a superb second for the hosts, both also shone for Villa.

Josh Murphy and sub Nelson Oliveira each reduced the arrears after the break but, each time, Hourihane struck.

Villa's first four-goal haul since winning 4-0 at Sunderland in March 2015 was only their second league victory in nine matches, going back to last season, and the first time they have scored four at home since their 4-3 win over West Bromwich Albion in January 2014.

Meanwhile, Norwich are without a league win at Villa Park since November 1992 - when they sealed a 3-2 win.

Davis was thwarted when Norwich keeper Angus Gunn dived to save his powerful header and, after setting up Hourihane's opening goal, the big, powerful teenager was this time denied when his cute lob came back off the bar.

There was even better to come for Villa just before the break when boyhood fan Green, also just 19 years old, netted his first goal for the club with a superb right-foot curler.

There could have been others too. Ahmed Elmohamady just failed to get on the end of Hourihane's cross, while James Chester should have done better with a close-range header at the start of the second half.

Those missed chances looked costly when Norwich pulled one back on the hour mark through the tricky, pacy Murphy.

Eight minutes later, Hourihane's hopeful right-foot 25-yard strike took a deflection before nestling in Gunn's top-left corner and, although the mood again became fraught when Oliveira scored just five minutes after coming off the bench, Hourihane had the final word.

Having been in at the right place at the far post to drill home Davis's low right-wing cross for the first, this time he was a lot further out when he again found the top corner to complete the scoring five minutes from time.

Aston Villa Vs Norwich: Key Pre Match Facts

Match facts

  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in eight home league games against the Canaries, having won five of the last six clashes between the two sides at Villa Park.
  • Norwich's last league win at Villa was back in November 1992 in the inaugural Premier League season, when David Phillips, Darren Beckford and Daryl Sutch scored in a 3-2 win.
  • Going back to the end of last season, Villa have won just once in their last nine league games, the derby win over Birmingham City in April.
  • If Villa fail to beat Norwich, it will be their worst start to a league campaign since 1997-98, when Brian Little's side lost their first four games, but recovered to finish seventh in the Premier League under John Gregory.
  • The Canaries have won just two and lost 10 of their last 18 away league games.
  • All four of Norwich's goals thay have scored in the Championship this season have come in the second half.

Aston Villa Vs Norwich - Norwich Line Up

Gunn; Martin, Zimmerman, Franke, Husband, Reed, Murphy, Naismith, Vrancic, Stiepermann, Jerome

Subs: McGovern (GK), Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut, Maddison, Tettey.

Aston Villa Vs Norwich: Pre Match Facts

Match facts

  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in eight home league games against the Canaries, having won five of the last six clashes between the two sides at Villa Park.
  • Norwich's last league win at Villa was back in November 1992 in the inaugural Premier League season, when David Phillips, Darren Beckford and Daryl Sutch scored in a 3-2 win.
  • Going back to the end of last season, Villa have won just once in their last nine league games, the derby win over Birmingham City in April.
  • If Villa fail to beat Norwich, it will be their worst start to a league campaign since 1997-98, when Brian Little's side lost their first four games, but recovered to finish seventh in the Premier League under John Gregory.
  • The Canaries have won just two and lost 10 of their last 18 away league games.
  • All four of Norwich's goals thay have scored in the Championship this season have come in the second half.

Aston Villa Vs Norwich: Villa Manager Steve Bruce Facing Selection Dilemmas

Steve Bruce is considering teaming Mile Jedinak with Glenn Whelan in the heart of midfield.

The under pressure Aston Villa boss wants tried and trusted performers to help kickstart Villa’s season after back-to-back away defeats.

And Jedinak, one of last season’s top-rated players, could line up alongside the Irishman in the centre against Norwich City on Saturday.

Bruce is under pressure to get results but is pleased to have Jedinak back available.

He’s trained for the past three days and is apparently itching to start.

Ahmed Elmohamdy is also pushing for a return after sustaining a nasty mouth injury which required 30 stitches following a collision with Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge last weekend.

His expected inclusion will give Villa much-needed strength, experience and bite in the forward positions.

But the problem Bruce has is up front.

Gabby Agbonlahor is the only senior striker available.

He scored and set up both of Villa’s goals this season but hasn’t had enough of an impact during the two-and-a-half games he’s played in.

Youngsters Callum O’Hare and Keinan Davis are in the squad and could feature.

Zimmermann praises 'immense' Norwich City support

Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann says he's been taken aback by the support of the club's fans after making the move to Carrow Road from Germany this summer.

The 24-year-old has been an ever-present for the Canaries after joining from Borussia Dortmund II and was part of a defence that kept their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory over QPR in midweek.

Zimmermann posed for photographs and shook hands with supporters following the victory, and he admits playing in front of such big crowds in England is something he's relishing.

"The audience was 26,000 and if you compare that to my last season, we were happy to have 3,000!

We shouldn't take it for granted that we have this massive, immense support.

It was (going into the crowd) just some way of saying thank you and showing some appreciation for their support.

It was a night game and there were many children who were supposed to be in bed by that time! Playing in the Championship is a dream come true for me - every game is like a gift."

Zimmermann and his Norwich teammates head to Aston Villa tomorrow where they will be hoping to pick up their first away win of the campaign.