Three changes for Canaries as Hernandez returns to starting XI at Sheffield Wednesday
PUBLISHED: 11:45 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 06 May 2018
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has made three changes to his starting XI for today’s final game of the season at Sheffield Wednesday.
All three are largely expected, with Christoph Zimmermann and Tom Trybull coming in for Grant Hanley and Mario Vrancic in central defence and midfield respectively. Trybull makes his first start since the 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough in early February, when he injured ankle and knee ligaments, having returned as a substitute last weekend.
The other change sees Cuban winger Onel Hernandez start in place of Wes Hoolahan, who played his final game for Norwich last weekend. Loanees Angus Gunn, Harrison Reed and Moritz Leitner all start potentially their final games, with Reed retaining the right-back spot ahead of Ivo Pinto.
The Canaries have only lost one of their last five games and are looking to finish the campaign with some momentum in tact by building on last weekend’s 2-1 home win over mid-table rivals Leeds.
Victory would guarantee 12th place and a top-half finish for Daniel Farke’s squad, in turn ensuring that City finish above local rivals Ipswich Town, who host play-off qualifiers Middlesbrough.
Norwich have not won any of their last seven attempts at Hillsbrorough, being thrashed 5-1 last season and losing five of those games. The last win came back in December 2001, in style, when Nigel Worthington’s team won 5-0 and Gary Holt scored a long-range thunderbolt.
Wednesday make two changes, with long-serving skipper Glenn Loovens brought back for a farewell game in place of Tom Lees and Ashley Baker replaces Jordan Thorniley in midfield.
The Owls have endured an injury-hit season but have won five of their last eight games and drew 0-0 away to champions Wolves last weekend.
Wednesday can finish anywhere between 14th and 17th in the table depending on results elsewhere.
Norwich: Gunn; Reed, Zimmermann, Klose (C), Lewis; Leitner, Trybull; Hernandez, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Raggett, Pinto, Husband, Stiepermann, Watkins, Srbeny
Wednesday: Dawson; Verancio, Loovens, Pudil; Reach, Pelupessy, Bannan, Baker; Forestieri, Nuhiu, Joao. Subs: Wildsmith, Lees, Nielsen, Palmer, Thorniley, Rhodes, Matias
City team news
Mario Vrancic (groin) is ruled out. Alex Tettey is also not part of the travelling squad after having a knee injection. Tettey signed a new two year deal during the week keeping him at the club until 2020. Grant Hanley (ankle) is a major doubt after taking a whack in training on Thursday that forced him to sit out yesterday’s session. Daniel Farke will make a late decision. Wes Hoolahan signed off last weekend in the 2-1 home win over Leeds. Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson (Achilles) are longer term absentees, with Thompson aiming to be fully-fit for pre-season.
Sheffield Weds team news
Jack Hunt (knee), Keiren Westwood (groin), Joost van Aken (ankle), Morgan Fox (hamstring), Sam Hutchinson (hernia) and Gary Hooper (hip) all miss the final game.
Sheffield Weds head coach – Jos Luhukay
Dutchman replaced Carlos Carvalhal at Hillsborough earlier this season after a two year absence from the managerial game since leaving VfB Stuttgart.
Referee – Robert Jones
Shown eight red and 126 yellow cards in 43 appointments this season.