STARTING XIs: Zimmermann returns for Canaries against West Ham
PUBLISHED: 14:10 31 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:10 31 August 2019
Christoph Zimmermann makes his Premier League debut for Norwich City at West Ham this afternoon, following midweek injuries to Timm Klose and Grant Hanley.
The popular defender missed all of pre-season due to minor knee surgery but is fit and gets the nod to start alongside Ben Godfrey in central defence at the London Stadium.
The Canaries have been forced into a change after Klose limped off with a serious knee injury during Tuesday's 1-0 loss away to League Two side Crawley Town in the League Cup in midweek, with skipper Hanley then picking up a groin injury in training as well - with Zimmermann playing 55 minutes at Crawley.
Swiss striker Josip Drmic returns to the bench in place of Dennis Srbeny after a hamstring injury and Ibrahim Amadou features on the bench in the league for the first time after 90 minutes at Crawley.
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The hosts are unchanged but bring former Canaries winger Robert Snodgrass on to the bench in place of the injured Michail Antonio.
NORWICH: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Leitner; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki. Subs: Fahrmann (GK), Byram, Amadou, Vrancic, McLean, Tettey, Drmic
WEST HAM: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble (C); Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller. Subs: Roberto (GK), Balbuena, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Fornals, Snodgrass, Ajeti
REFEREE: Paul Tierney
VAR: Andre Marriner