Jonny Howson made his first Championship start of 2014/15 after an injury delayed started to the season.
Prior to the 1-1 draw with Rotherham, Howson's only appearances had been in the League Cup, and substitute cameos totalling 14 minutes across two games.
Clearly, the 26-year-old was delighted to be back in action after his knee injury, telling Norwich's website:
"I’ve been looking forward to this moment and when I found out I was starting I was over the moon.
"From a personal point of view I’m just so pleased that I’m back involved, it’s a bit of relief more than anything.
“We have a couple of weeks off now, but I’m happy to be out there on the training pitch or out here. It’s a part of it nowadays, the international breaks, and it’s a chance to regroup.”
Howson played all 90 minutes, and will be expected to keep his place in the side for their next game - against his former club.
Norwich bought Howson from Leeds for £2 million in January 2012, able to offer him Premier League football.
Now upon their relegation, he will face his old side for the first time, in just over a fortnight at Carrow Road when Championship football resumes. They play each other in the second match after the international break, with Fulham travelling to Norwich in between.
Howson made one clearance off the line in Norwich's draw, three interceptions, and created two goalscoring chances.