Connections between City and their weekend opponents

CITY are set to come up against a familiar face this weekend when Robert Green returns to Carrow Road with Leeds United.

Leeds signed Green on a free transfer in the summer following his release from Queens Park Rangers, and the former England stopper has since held on to the number one jersey for Garry Monk's side.

The 36-year-old spent 14 years with the Canaries as a trainee and then first-team regular, clocking 241 appearances and winning promotion to the top tier in 2004.

"Norwich is a great club and a place where I still have a lot of friends, I look forward to going back there again," he told the media this week.

The majority of Green's Norwich appearances came under manager Nigel Worthington, who also has a connection with Saturday's visitors having spent two seasons of his playing career at Elland Road.

Jonny Howson will miss the opportunity to face his boyhood club as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

Howson has been a City player now for nearly five years, but the Morley-born midfielder joined his local side Leeds aged just six and went on to skipper them, playing 225 times before his move to Norfolk.

Other players to make the same switch include Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass, both of whom went on to win Player of the Season awards while with the Canaries.

Andy Hughes was one player who moved the opposite direction, signing for Leeds in 2007 after making 79 appearances in all competitions for City.

Two strikers who have represented both clubs are Luciano Becchio and Steve Morison, who moved in opposite directions in the same transfer deal in January 2013.

A pair of Canaries legends also have links with Leeds - Adam Drury moved to the Yorkshire outfit when his 11-year Norwich City association came to an end in 2012, penning a two-year deal.

Drury, who is now a coach in the Community Sports Foundation, featured 18 times for the Whites, retiring from the professional game in September 2014.

Darren Huckerby spent a short time at Elland Road, playing for them in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League before transferring to Manchester City in December 2000.

Norwich-born Danny Mills, who represented his local team between 1995 and 1998, was another player who enjoyed European football while up north.

Two more defenders to have pulled on the colours of both sides were Jon Newsome and Andy Linighan, who each made over 50 league outings for City and Leeds.

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