Team news: Norwich City make two changes for Carrow Road clash with Bristol City
PUBLISHED: 14:09 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:25 23 September 2017
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has made two changes to his starting XI for this afternoon’s Championship clash with in-form Bristol City at Carrow Road.
Farke made five changes for the midweek 3-1 win at Brentford in the Carabao Cup, following on from the 1-0 win at Sheffield United last week.
He has made just two changes from that midweek team today though, Marco Stiepermann coming back in at left-back in place of James Husband and Cameron Jerome replacing Wes Hoolahan.
With top scorer Nelson Oliveira still out with a groin problem, Jerome continues up front in the league, after Marley Watkins had deputised at Griffin Park on Tuesday – with Watkins starting wide this afternoon.
That means Southampton loanee Harrison Reed keeps his place in midfield ahead of Alex Tettey
Bristol boss Lee Johnson reverts largely to the team which beat Derby 4-1 at Ashton Gate last Saturday, having made nine changes to the team which beat Stoke 2-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
The Robins have lost just one of their 11 matches so far this season and bring the division’s top scorer, academy product Bobby Reid, with six goals in eight games, back into their starting XI.
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Gunn; Pinto (C), Zimmermann, Klose, Stiepermann; Reed, Trybull; Watkins, Vrancic, Murphy; Jerome. Subs: McGovern (GK), Husband, Hoolahan, Wildschut, Maddison, Tettey, Hanley
Bristol City (4-4-2): Fielding; Wright (C), Flint, Baker, Bryan; Paterson, Smith, Brownhill, Leko; Diédhiou, Reid. Subs: Steele (GK), Magnusson, Hegeler, Pack, O’Dowda, Eliasson, Taylor
City team news
Grant Hanley returns after being cup-tied for the trip to Brentford. James Maddison trained fully on Friday for the first time this week after resting a calf problem. Russell Martin is not in consideration after undergoing a course of injections for nutritional requirements. Steven Naismith is also ruled out with an abductor muscle problem. Nelson Olivieira is still sidelined with a groin injury but could be an outside bet to return for next week’s games against Middlesbrough and Reading. Alex Pritchard, Matt Jarvis, Jamal Lewis and Louis Thompson remain long-term absentees.
Bristol City team news
The Robins made nine changes for the midweek League Cup win over Premier League Stoke City. Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow misses out with a hamstring strain but West brom loanee Jonathan Leko returns after being ineligible for that cup tie. Defender Eros Pisano and former Norwich City midfielder Gary O’Neil are ruled out with knee injuries.
Bristol City manager – Lee Johnson
Spells at Oldham and Barnsley before taking over at Ashton Gate in February 2016. Flirted with relegation last season before guiding the Robins to safety.
One to watch – Aden Flint
Powerful centre-back who was heavily touted with City before they signed Grant Hanley.
Referee – Rob Jones (Cheshire)
First Championship game of the season, has shown 22 yellow and two red cards in nine games this season.