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Norwich City v Sheffield Wednesday team news: Alex Pritchard returns for the Canaries

PUBLISHED: 16:42 09 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 09 December 2017

Alex Pritchard is in the Norwich City squad for the home game against Sheffield Wednesday. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Pritchard is in the Norwich City squad for the home game against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke has brought Alex Pritchard in for his first start of the season against Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.

Pritchard replaces Wes Hoolahan in the one change to the starting line up that lost 3-1 at Cardiff City last week. Farke has resisted the temptation to slot Tom Trybull in alongside Harrison Reed, with Mario Vrancic getting another chance to impress.

The Owls’ line up features City old boy Gary Hooper, who has 11 goals already this campaign. Hooper is paired with Jordan Rhodes, who mauled Norwich last season in a heavy Hillsborough defeat.

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City team news

Marley Watkins (groin) returns after missing the defeat at Cardiff City. Tom Trybull (back) is contention for a return to the starting XI, after being an unused substitute against the Bluebirds. Jamal Lewis and Alex Tettey are now back in full training but neither will be considered today. Lewis played his first game in five months following a knee injury during a development outing earlier this week. James Husband (calf) is still out. Steven Naismith (ankle) returned to training on Friday but is earmarked for a development appearance on Sunday. Louis Thompson, Remi Matthews and Matt Jarvis remain longer term injury absentees.

Sheff Weds team news

Jack Hunt and striker Steven Fletcher are expected to miss out with knocks. Tom Lees (groin) is likely to be out until January.

Sheff Weds manager

Carlos Carvalhal
Two play-off near misses in the since taking over at Hillsborough. Vastly-experienced coach who started his coaching career in Portugal in 1998.

One to watch

Gary Hooper
Scored 18 goals in 64 appearances for Norwich during a three-year stitnt where he was unable to continue his prolific scoring record at Celtic and Scunthorpe. Part of the Alex Neil squad that clinched Premier League promotion in 2015.

Referee

James Linnington (Newport)

Shown five red and 70 yellow cards in 21 games this season.

Norwich (starting line up): Gunn, Pinto, Reed, Vrancic, Murphy, Oliveira, Klose, Stiepermann, Pritchard, Maddison, Hanley.

Shefield Wednesday (starting line up): Westwood, Jones, Van Aken, Fox, Rhodes, Bannan, Loovens, Hooper, Palmer, Reach, Wallace.

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