Football: Ekoku in goal hunt

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(First Edition) EFAN Ekoku is desperate to end his goalscoring drought - and it could not come at a better time than against his former club Norwich today. He has not scored since 12 March, but Wimbledon hope he is on the mark at Selhurst Park to halt a run of six defeats. The pounds 900,000 signing was cup-tied for the midweek Coca-Cola Cup defeat by landlords Crystal Palace. But he returns with Alan Reeves as Wimbledon try to climb from the foot of the Premiership.

Joe Kinnear may gamble on Oyvind Leonhardsen to supply the missing spark for Wimbledon. The Norwegian midfielder, on loan from Rosenborg, could make his debut in the clash. He trained with Wimbledon on Friday and assistant manager Terry Burton said: 'We still have to sort out his international clearance, but there is a chance that he will play for us on Sunday.

Wimbledon are missing goals from the departed John Fashanu and injured Robbie Earle. In the past three games, they have lacked striker Dean Holdsworth too, who has back and hamstring problems.

Norwich manager John Deehan has Darren Eadie, Jon Newsome and Mark Robins missing for a fixture the East Anglians have lost heavily - 1-3, 0-3 and 1-3 -for the last three seasons. Winger Eadie has an achilles strain while skipper Newsome has a back injury. Robins has a stomach upset, but should to be fit. Robert Ullathorne stands by for Eadie while Spencer Prior will again deputise for Newsome.

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