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STARTING XIs: Norwich City v Chelsea - World Cup winners out of Blues’ starting line-up

PUBLISHED: 11:38 24 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:39 24 August 2019

Grant Hanley is ruled out with a groin injury suffered yesterday Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Hanley is ruled out with a groin injury suffered yesterday Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante drop out of the starting line-up for Chelsea at Carrow Road this lunchtime, with Norwich City unchanged.

The only change to the matchday 18 from Daniel Farke is fit-again defender Timm Klose coming on to the bench in place of Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts.

The Canaries are looking to build on an impressive 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Carrow Road last weekend when they take on a second successive home game, with Europa League champions Chelsea the opposition this week.

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The visitors are without French midfielder N'Golo Kante, with the World Cup winner and two-time Premier League champion turning an ankle in training during the week.

Mateo Kovacic, a £40m signing from Real Madrid, comes in for Kante for the Blues and England U21 striker Tammy Abraham also gets the nod ahead of former Arsenal forward Giroud.

Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Leitner; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki. Subs: Fahrmann (GK), Klose, Byram, Tettey, Vrancic, McLean, Srbeny

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta (C), Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Pedro. Subs: Caballero (GK), Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Batshuayi

Referee: Martin Atkinson

VAR: Andre Marriner


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