Oliveira misses out as Canaries make two changes for Forest clash
PUBLISHED: 18:54 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:17 06 March 2018
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Nelson Oliveira misses out on a reunion with former club Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road this evening, as part of two changes to the Norwich City side.
Oliveira is unexpectedly missing from the City squad completely, leaving Dennis Srbeny to lead the attack and with the only other change coming in defence where Christoph Zimmermann is replaced by the fit-again Timm Klose.
Zimmermann missed four days of training last week due to a ‘private issue’ but is okay for the bench, with Canaries boss Daniel Farke seemingly sticking with the 4-1-4-1 formation he deployed during the 0-0 home draw with Bolton.
The hosts are fresh from a weekend without a game after seeing their trip to Barnsley postponed on Saturday, as they look to continue a six-match unbeaten run.
Forest make just one change, with Cardiff loanee Lee Tomlin missing out completely and replaced by Everton loanee Kieran Dowell
The visitors won 2-1 at lowly Birmingham on Saturday to extend their own unbeaten run to four games, four points and a place behind the Canaries in 15th in the Championship table, having played one match more.
Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka succeeded Mark Warburton in late December but has shaken off defeats in his first three games in charge with two wins and two draws, with the help of January loan signings including goalkeeper Costel Pantillimon and midfielder Ben Watson from Watford, former England international Jack Colback from Newcastle.
Norwich: Gunn; Reed, Hanley, Klose, Lewis; Tettey (C); Hernandez, Leitner, Maddison, Murphy; Srbeny. Subs: McGovern (GK), Pinto, Husband, Zimmermann, Vrancic, Hoolahan, Watkins
Forest: Pantillimon; Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox, Osborn; Watson (C), Colback; Cash, Tomlin, Lolley; Brereton. Subs: Kapinos (GK), Mancienne, Worrall, Guediora, Bridcutt, Murphy, Vellios
City team news
Timm Klose and Ivo Pinto are both in contention after missing out recently with hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Christoph Zimmermann is unlikely to be involved for personal reasons. Daniel Farke also gave an update on Tom Trybull, who is targeting a return from knee and ankle ligament damage for the last four league games. Midfielder Matt Jarvis is poised for a development run out tomorrow at home to Fulham. Louis Thompson (Achilles) is a longer term injury absentee.
Forest team news
Eric Lichaj is available again after a three-match suspension.
One to watch – Lee Tomlin
Scored three goals in four games for new boss Aitor Karanka. On loan from Cardiff City, where he made only five league starts since a £2.9m move from Bristol City. Attacking midfielder who started out at Rushden and Diamonds.
Forest manager – Aitor Karanka
Beaten by Norwich memorably when in charge of Middlesbrough in the 2015 Championship play-off final. Did get the Teessiders up the following season, but was gone before the end of the next Premier League season. Latest to try his luck in the City Ground hotseat after replacing Mark Warburton in January. Now four games unbeaten.
Referee – Darren England (South Yorks)
Shown 113 yellow and two red cards during 30 matches this season.
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