PRESSER: City v Southampton - Hanley, Kabak fit; Byram set for 23s bow
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Dean Smith previewed Norwich City’s Premier League game against Southampton - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss.
Smith is thrust straight into action at Carrow Road on Saturday, after a busy week that brought confirmation of his appointment, then an official unveiling, before getting down to work with the squad at Colney on Thursday.
The new City chief provided a full fitness update on those who were away on international duty.
Grant Hanley (adductor) and Ozan Kabak (glandular fever) are both available after not joining up with their countries for World Cup qualifiers.
Sam Byram will play 45 minutes for the development squad on Friday evening at Colney after his long term lay off. Fellow centre back Christoph Zimmermann remains sidelined following ankle surgery.
Smith was also pressed on whether Todd Cantwell will be in his starting thoughts this weekend.
Recap the press conference in the window below, with full reaction and build up to City’s game against the Saints throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com
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- 5 David Hannant: Loan rangers starting to prove me wrong
- 6 Connor Southwell: It's time to acknowledge Pukki as a City great
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- 8 'A thing of beauty' - from one City legend to another
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