Norwich City are seeking to overcome adversity as they travel to Stoke for a reunion with former manager Alex Neil this afternoon. 

A growing injury list coupled with two setbacks against Sunderland and Huddersfield means there is pressure on leaving Staffordshire with a victory given their four-point gap to sixth-placed Millwall heading into today's encounter at the Bet365 Stadium.

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Stoke find themselves in fine form having beaten Sunderland and Blackburn as well as going toe-to-toe with promotion-chasing Middlesbrough in midweek.

Norwich are without a host of creative options with Onel Hernandez, Jon Rowe and Kieran Dowell all sidelined through injury. Adam Idah had a scan on his foot on Friday after limping out of their 1-1 draw with struggling Huddersfield in midweek.

Ben Gibson is also being assessed ahead of this fixture, with David Wagner left calling a handful of City's U21s up to their northern base to join the squad ahead of this clash. Long-term absentees Przemek Placheta (shin), Sam Byram (hamstring) and Isaac Hayden (knee) remain unavailable.

City were boosted by the news that their appeal of Marquinhos' dismissal in midweek had proven successful, meaning the Brazilian is available for selection against Stoke this afternoon.

Norwich have remained near Leeds since that midweek draw at the John Smith's Stadium with Wagner hoping to have players at their physical best despite this fixture being their third in six days.

Stoke will be hoping to continue their improvement under Neil with another positive result against City this afternoon.

The Potters are poised to welcome defenders Josh Tymon, who has recovered from illness in midweek, and the experienced Phil Jagielka, who will make his 800th career appearance if he features this afternoon, back into the fold.

Sam Clucas and Nick Powell remain sidelined alongside teenage strikers Emre Tezgel and Nathan Lowe as well as loan keeper Matija Sarkic.

Over 1,500 City supporters are expected to make the trip north to watch this afternoon's clash. The reverse fixture back in October ended with a 3-1 victory for the Canaries.

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