STARTING XIs: Buendia misses City’s clash with Preston due to injury issue

Emi Buendia in pre-season action for Norwich City last month
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Emi Buendia in pre-season action for Norwich City last month Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Emi Buendia doesn’t return from suspension for Norwich City this afternoon, after failing a late fitness test on a shin injury picked up in training on Friday.

Head coach Daniel Farke has gone with the same squad of 18 and starting XI which won 1-0 at Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

The Canaries are without Marco Stiepermann with a back issue and full-back Sam Byram is out until January as he recovers from a second surgery on his hamstring.

Centre-back Grant Hanley is closing on a return from his hamstring injury though, with the captain due to step up to full training next week.

Tom Trybull, Mo Leitner and Josip Drmic remain out of consideration as they search for new clubs, having not been given squad numbers for this season.

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North End arrive having lost 1-0 at home to Swansea on the opening weekend but they bounced back on Tuesday, making nine changes and winning 2-1 at Derby in the League Cup second round.

The visitors make five changes from that defeat to Swansea, with Declan Rudd returning in goal, Sean Maguire starting up front and Patrick Bauer, Darnell Fisher and Joe Rafferty coming into defence.

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Alex Neil has been forced into two late changes though, with striker Jayden Stockley due to start up front up until lunchtime, only to get a call to say he needed to self-isolate due to one of his family being in contact with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms.

Star man Daniel Johnson also misses the game with a minor groin injury, but had travelled to Norfolk.

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann (C), Godfrey, Quintilla; Skipp, McLean; Cantwell, Dowell, Hernandez; Pukki. Subs: McGovern (GK), Gibson, Tettey, Rupp, Placheta, Idah, Hugill

PRESTON (4-2-3-1): Rudd; Fisher, Bauer, Davies, Raffert; Pearson, Ledson, Barkhuizen, Browne (C), Sinclair; Maguire. Subs: Ripley (GK), Harrop, Gallagher, Storey, Hughes, Bodin, Potts

REFEREE: John Brooks

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