STARTING XIs: Pukki returns as City and Blades make changes from FA Cup line-ups

PUBLISHED: 14:48 07 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:48 07 March 2020

Teemu Pukki returns to Norwich City's starting XI after illness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Teemu Pukki returns to Norwich City's starting XI after illness Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Top scorer Teemu Pukki returns up front for Norwich City at Sheffield United this afternoon, with Daniel Farke making four changes to his starting XI from the midweek FA Cup shoot-out win at Spurs.

Pukki remained on the bench during Wednesday night as he battled illness but comes back in for goal-scorer Josip Drmic, who played the full 120 minutes at Tottenham.

Alex Tettey, Kenny McLean and Ondrej Duda all return in midfield in place of Tom Trybull, Mario Vrancic and Lukas Rupp, as Farke reverts to the XI which started last weekend's 1-0 home win over Leicester.

Christoph Zimmermann is fit enough to return as defensive cover on the bench though, after three games out with hamstring trouble.

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The Blades also advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek, with a 2-1 win after extra-time away to Championship side Reading on Tuesday, earning a home tie against Arsenal.

Chris Wilder makes five changes from that team, although just one from the XI which started last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Brighton, with John Lundstram returning in midfield in place of £22million January signing Sander Berge,

SHEFF UTD (3-5-2): Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; Sharp, McBurnie. Subs: Verrips (GK), Jagielka, McGoldrick, Mousset, Osborn, Retsos, Berge

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey, McLean, Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Zimmermann, Rupp, Vrancic, Stiepermann, Drmic, Idah

REFEREE: Simon Hooper

VAR: Lee Mason

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