Grant Hanley handed first start as Canaries make four changes for Wolves battle
PUBLISHED: 19:31 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:34 31 October 2017
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Head coach Daniel Farke has shuffled his deck in pursuit of fresh legs as Norwich City return to Championship action against high-flying Wolves tonight, with Grant Hanley handed his first start.
The Scotland international starts ahead of Christoph Zimmermann alongside Timm Klose in the centre of defence, as one of four changes from the team which started the 2-1 home loss to Derby at the weekend, with James Husband coming in for Marco Stiepermann at left-back.
Marley Watkins also starts as a striker, giving Cameron Jerome a chance to start on the bench after a heavy recent workload, and Mario Vrancic comes into attacking midfield ahead of Wes Hoolahan.
Yanic Wildschut and Nelson Oliveira both drop out of the squad, with Russell Martin back on the bench as cover due to Ivo Pinto’s thigh issue and youngster Todd Cantwell also included as he hopes for his first senior appearance.
Hanley has made four appearance for Norwich since joining from Newcastle in a £2.5million deal at the end of August, all as a substitute.
The visitors have made three changes from their 2-1 loss at QPR on Saturday, with former Canaries defender Ryan Bennett in defence in place of Danny Batth – making just his second league start for Wanderers – and former City number one John Ruddy retaining his place in goal.
The other two changes bring Willy Boly back into the team ahead of Roderick Miranda on the left of Wolves’ three-man defence and Alfred N’Diaye replaces the suspended Romain Saiss.
Norwich: Gunn; Pinto (C), Hanley, Klose, Husband; Reed, Trybull; Vrancic, Maddison, Murphy; Watkins. Subs: McGovern (GK), Martin, Zimmermann, Jerome, Hoolahan, Stiepermann, Cantwell
Wolves: Ruddy; Bennett, Coady (C), Boly; Doherty, N’Diaye, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Jota. Subs: Norris (GK), Price, Vinagre, Hause, Marshall, Enobakhare, Costa
City team news
Nelson Oliveira misses out with a calf problem suffered against Derby County. The striker could return for the weekend trip to Bolton. Ivo Pinto is expected to be fit despite suffering a muscle injury against the Rams. Daniel Farke reported no other fresh injury worries on Monday. Combative midfielder Alex Tettey (calf) is still out while Steven Naismith (ankle) is only back in full training and will not be considered. Alex Pritchard is targeting a return to training over the international break. Jamal Lewis, Louis Thompson and Matt Jarvis are all out longer term.
Wolves team news
Romain Saiss serves a one-game ban after being booked for the fifth time this season at QPR.
Wolves manager – Nuno Espirito Santo
Spells with Valencia and Porto before arriving in England earlier this year, when he signed a three-year deal at Molineux. Former keeper who was part of Portugal’s Euro 2008 squad.
One to Watch – John Ruddy
First competitive return to Carrow Road since he was surprisingly released over the summer after seven years with the Canaries. Part of two promotion-winning squads and four seasons in the top flight. Also earned an England cap during his spell in Norfolk.
Referee – Darren England (South Yorks)
First appointment at Carrow Road this season. Shown 50 yellow and two red cards this campaign.