PRESSER: Chelsea v City - Cantwell left out; Zimbo needs surgery

Todd Cantwell scored against Chelsea in Norwich City's previous Premier League season under Daniel Farke

Todd Cantwell scored against Chelsea in Norwich City's previous Premier League season under Daniel Farke - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Premier League game at Chelsea - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss.

City face arguably one of the best sides in Europe on current form, with Thomas Tuchel's Champions League holders leading the way domestically ahead of the Canaries' Saturday lunchtime visit.

Norwich have ground out two goalless draws in the league against Brighton and Burnley either side of the recent international break. But City's new-found defensive resolve is set to be tested to the limit at Stamford Bridge. 

Farke confirmed Todd Cantwell will again miss out on his matchday squad. The attacking midfielder was a notable absentee for last weekend's goalless draw against Brighton, with  Farke making it clear post-match  he was left out for tactical reasons.

Cantwell is available for the trip to Chelsea but not under consideration, after returning to the fold following a spell out for personal reasons and then some Achilles and ankle issues either side of the international break.

Farke also confirmed Christoph Zimmermann faces ankle surgery on Monday that could sideline him for six weeks. But Mathias Normann is fit for Stamford Bridge, after he departed with cramps late on.

Normann was pictured taking part in warm ups ahead of training at Colney on Thursday morning.

Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour is ineligible to be considered for selection against his parent club.

Blues' boss Tuchel is scheduled to hold his pre-match press briefing later on Friday afternoon, but Romelu Lukaku (ankle) and Timo Werner (hamstring) could miss out.

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