Jarvis is back to his best form, insists McCarthy


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Mick McCarthy believes Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has regained the form which won him an England cap ahead of tonight's home Premier League match with Norwich.

Jarvis made his international debut last season against Ghana at Wembley after a string of fine performances, only for his standard of play to dip this term. But he impressed McCarthy during the defeats against Manchester United at Old Trafford and Stoke at Molineux.

"I think Jarvo has been excellent, certainly in the last two games," said McCarthy. "Against Manchester United, he was terrific and the reality is he caused havoc for 20 minutes against Stoke. He got 'assaulted' on one occasion and then got tripped for the penalty. Tony [Pulis] had to take Jonathan Woodgate off. Jarvo was excellent and it is great to see him back at his best. We've had performances like that from different players. We could do with them all at their best tomorrow night against Norwich."

Wolves will again be without midfield duo Jamie O'Hara and Dave Edwards. O'Hara (calf) and Edwards (groin) have failed to recover from the setbacks which ruled them out of Saturday's 2-1 home reversal to Stoke.

Norwich are laying on 22 free coaches for their fans and manager Paul Lambert expects the travelling support will give a boost to his team. "It's a great idea," he said. "The crowd will be great, it will add to the atmosphere and hopefully we will win for them."

On-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet (back) is expected to return to training this week but is unlikely to feature tomorrow while James Vaughan and Elliott Ward are both progressing well in their recovery from long-term knee injuries.