STARTING XIs: Super Mario back for Canaries in unchanged starting line up

Mario Vrancic is back after an ankle injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/FOCUS IMAGES

Mario Vrancic is back after an ankle injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/FOCUS IMAGES

Paul Chesterton

Mario Vrancic returns on the bench for Norwich City’s Championship promotion clash against Bristol City but Daniel Farke names an unchanged starting line up from the team that hammered Bolton Wanderers 4-0.

Vrancic is back in the mix ahead of schedule after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-0 derby win over Ipswich Town earlier this month. Dennis Srbeny makes way in the only change to the matchday 18.

Opposition view: Most Bristol City fans are getting their head around the idea of a promotion push

The Canaries hit back to earn a point in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate in December, with Max Aarons’ slotting Onel Hernandez’s cross at the far post to salvage a point. Marco Stiepermann had fired the Canaries in front but Famara Diedhiou and Callum O’Dowda put the hosts ahead.

Lee Johnson’s Robins are the form side in the Championship, after seven straight league wins propelled them firmly into the promotion race.

NORWICH: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Lewis; McLean, Trybull; Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Hanley, Klose, Leitner, Cantwell, Rhodes, Vrancic.

BRISTOL CITY: Fielding, DaSilva, Kalas, Webster, Wright; Pack; Weimann, Brownhill, Paterson, O’Dowda; Diedhiou. Subs: O’Leary (GK), Pisano, Taylor, Watkins, Kelly, Eliasson, Palmer.

REFEREE: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

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