Klose returns as Canaries make one change to starting line-up for Cardiff clash

Timm Klose starts at the Cardiff City Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Timm Klose starts at the Cardiff City Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke has made just one change to his starting XI for tonight’s Championship game at Cardiff, bringing fit-again central defender Timm Klose back into his team.

The Switzerland international returns in place of Christoph Zimmermann, who drops to the bench, to start alongside Grant Hanley in Wales.

Cardiff also make one change, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing returning on the right wing in place of Callum Paterson, with the hosts looking to continue their excellent home form which has seen them win seven and draw three of their 10 games at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Home manager Neil Warnock is celebrating his 69th birthday, hoping to see his second-placed team win their fourth game on the bounce to keep the pressure on leaders Wolves.

The Canaries meanwhile are without a win in six league games and looking to improve on a 1-1 home draw with Preston last weekend.

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Norwich: Gunn; Pinto (C), Hanley, Klose, Stiepermann; Reed, Vrancic, Hoolahan, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira. Subs: McGovern (GK), Franke, Zimmermann, Trybull, Pritchard, Wildschut, Jerome

Cardiff: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Mendez-Laing, Bryson, Ralls, Damour, Hoilett; Ward. Subs: Murphy (GK), Peltier, Halford, Paterson, Feeney, Tomlin, Bogle

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City team news

Daniel Farke delivered a mixed injury bulletin ahead of the trip to Wales. Timm Klose (hip) is back in the squad but Marley Watkins (groin) misses out. Tom Trybull (back) trained on Thursday for the first time in a fortnight and is available should he be required for what Farke labelled a brief cameo. The same applies to Cameron Jerome, who has had injections in an ankle problem that has restricted his training in recent days. Alex Pritchard missed the early part of this week’s training with a sore neck following his long-awaited return from ankle surgery against Preston. Pritchard is another who could be involved from the bench. James Husband and Alex Tettey (calf injuries) will not be back in the mix until after the Sheffield Wednesday home game. Remi Matthews is likely to be out for five weeks after suffering an ankle injury on loan at Plymouth. Steven Naismith is having injections in an ankle injury. Jamal Lewis (knee), Louis Thompson and Matt Jarvis remain longer term injury absentees.

Cardiff team news

Kenneth Zohore is nursing a persistent heel injury. Omar Bogle returns after serving his three-match ban, but Jazz Richards, Kadeem Harris and fomer Norwich loanee Lee Camp remain sidelined.

Cardiff manager – Neil Warnock

Vastly experienced manager who has seven promotions on his CV since guiding Scarborough to the Conference title in 1986/87. Cardiff is remarkably the 16th club of his coaching career since starting out at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980.

One to watch – Danny Ward

Confidence will be high for the striker after his stunning City Ground strike last time out.

Referee – Andy Davies (Hampshire)

Booked Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic and Cameron Jerome in City’s 0-0 Championship stalemate against Burton.

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