Team news: Three changes for Canaries as Pinto makes surprise return against left-back

PUBLISHED: 14:10 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 11 August 2018

Kenny McLean has been handed his first Canaries start 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Kenny McLean has been handed his first Canaries start Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has made three changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon’s first home game of the season, against West Bromwich Albion.

Ivo Pinto makes a surprise return to fitness to come in at left-back, while Kenny McLean and Moritz Leitner come into midfield in place of Tom Trybull and Marco Stiepermann.

The Canaries kicked off their second Championship campaign under the watch of Farke with a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City last weekend, coming from behind twice late on thanks to goals from Cuban winger Onel Hernandez.

West Brom have made two changes, with Allan Nyom coming in at right-back for Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo and recent signing Dwight Gayle starting in place of James Morrison.

The Baggies bounced back from a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Bolton on the opening day – inflicted by a late goal from Norwich loanee Yanic Wildschut – by coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Nottingham Forest in midweek.

That was sparked by a debut performance from striker Gayle coming on in the 60th minute, having signed on loan from Newcastle, who hit the woodwork either side of an emphatic late leveller from Matt Phillips.

Three of the Baggies’ last four league visits to Carrow Road have ended in wins, all 1-0, but this is the first Championship meeting of the teams in over 10 years.

The visitors include England international left-back Kieran Gibbs in their starting XI, who made seven appearances for Norwich while on loan from Arsenal during the latter half of the 2007-08 season.

Norwich: Krul; Marshall, Hanley (C), Klose, Pinto; Tettey, McLean; Pukki, Leitner, Hernandez; Rhodes. Subs: McGovern (GK), Godfrey, Zimmermann, Stiepermann, Srbeny, Thompson, Cantwell

West Brom: Johnstone; Nyom, Bartley, Hegazi, Gibbs; Phillips, Livermore (C), Brunt, Barnes; Gayle, Rodriguez. Subs: Myhill (GK), Adarabioyo, Morrison, Townsend, Burke, Robson-Kanu, Field

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