Hernandez handed first start as City make four changes and switch formation for Bolton battle
PUBLISHED: 14:23 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 24 February 2018
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Onel Hernandez has been handed his full Norwich City debut by head coach Daniel Farke as one of four changes for this afternoon’s battle with Bolton.
The Cuban winger starts in a changed formation with three at the back ditched due to Timm Klose’s injury, playing a 4-1-4-1 with Nelson Oliveira returning up front in place of Dennis Srbeny.
Alex Tettey also returns in midfield instead of Mario Vrancic and Josh Murphy takes the place of Marley Watkins. Ivo Pinto is fit enough for the bench but Harrison Reed starts at right-back.
The Canaries go into the game in good spirits after a last-minute equaliser from Oliveira away to league leaders Wolves in midweek, to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.
Farke’s team have only been beaten in one of their last 10 league games but have won just five of their 16 home games in the Championship this season.
Bolton have also made four changes, with former Canaries striker Aaron Wilbraham – now 38 years old – dropping to the bench.
The visitors have picked up just one win in their 16 away league games this season, losing 10, the worst away record in the division – although they did beat City 2-1 at the Macron Stadium in November.
They sit 19th and four points clear of the relegation zone and won 1-0 at home against fellow strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday, picking up their second win in five matches having also won 1-0 at home against Bristol City at the start of the month.
Norwich: Gunn; Reed, Hanley, Zimmermann, Lewis; Tettey (C); Hernandez, Leitner, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Raggett, Pinto, Vrancic, Hoolahan, Watkins, Srbeny
Bolton: Alnwick; Morais, Dervite, Wheater (C), Beevers, Robinson; Pratley (C), Burke, Karacan; Ameobi, Le Fondre. Subs: Howard (GK), Flanagan, Taylor, Osede, Buckley, Clough, Wilbraham
City team news
Timm Klose is rated ‘doubtful’ by Daniel Farke after suffering a hamstring problem in the midweek draw at Wolves. Farke will make a late call on Klose, with Sean Raggett poised for a full debut. Captain Ivo Pinto is fit but will not start after a month out with a knee injury. Moritz Leitner is expected to be fit for a third game in six days, with Farke revealing the midfielder is suffering fatigue. Wes Hoolahan and Marcus Edwards are both available. Matt Jarvis is poised for a development run out on Monday. Louis Thompson (Achilles) remains out.
Bolton team news
Karl Henry begins a two-game suspension. Defender Mark Little is also still out as he continues to serve a three-match ban.
One to watch – Aaron Wilbraham
Former City striker. Vastly-experienced. The 38-year-old joined Bolton on a free transfer at the start of the season from Bristol City. Scored two goals in 23 league appearances during an 18-month stint at Carrow Road, that included promotion and survival in the Premier League.
Bolton manager – Phil Parkinson
Won promotions at Colchester, Bradford, and Bolton last season. Also guided third tier Bradford to a fairytale League Cup final appearance at Wembley in 2013.
Referee – Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Shown 96 yellow and seven red cards during 23 matches this season.