Team news: Tettey and Rhodes start as Canaries give four new boys debuts at Birmingham
PUBLISHED: 14:20 04 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 04 August 2018
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Alex Tettey and Jordan Rhodes are both fit enough to start for Norwich City as four players are handed their debutants for today’s opening-day fixture at Birmingham City.
Tim Krul, Ben Marshall, Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes all make their full debuts as head coach Daniel Farke tries to get his second Championship season off to a good start.
Tettey returns having missed most of pre-season with chickenpox while striker Rhodes has shaken off an ankle knock which forced him to miss the final friendly.
James Husband starts at left-back in the absence of Jamal Lewis and has Marco Stiepermann ahead of him on the left wing for added defensive stability.
The hosts, restricted by a transfer embargo, have fielded their only summer signing with left-back Kristian Pedersen started and start the same XI which drew 1-1 with Brighton in their final pre-season.
Norwich: Krul; Marshall, Hanley (C), Klose, Husband; Tettey; Hernandez, Trybull, Pukki, Stiepermann; Rhodes. Subs: McGovern (GK), Zimmermann, Leitner, McLean, Srbeny, Thompson, Cantwell
Birmingham: Trueman; Collin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen; Jota, Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma; Jutkiewicz, Adams. Subs: Weaver (GK), Roberts, Ndoye, Solomon-Otabor, Dacres-Cogley, Lubala, Harding