STARTING XIs: Buendia is back for Canaries but Vardy missing for Leicester

Emi Buendia starts against Leicester for Norwich this evening Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Emi Buendia starts against Leicester for Norwich this evening Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Emi Buendia’s three-game absence from Norwich City’s starting line-up comes to an end this evening against high-flying Leicester.

The Argentine ace missed last month's 2-1 loss at Tottenham with a thigh injury and has only been used as a substitute in the three games which have followed.

Head coach Daniel Farke's comments about the seven-assist playmaker have caused controversy among some fans, with claims he has been too harsh on City's main creative talent, but the 23-year-old starts.

He replaces Lukas Rupp as the only change for Norwich, with Ralf Fahrmann missing out as back-up keeper and Michael McGovern coming in.

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Leicester make three changes and are without 17-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy, who misses out completely with a calf injury.


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England U21 duo Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury comes in alongside striker Ayoze Perez, with Vardy, veteran defender Christian Fuchs and midfielder Youri Tielemans missing out, in a return to the usual 4-1-4-1 formation.

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

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LEICESTER (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Choudhury; Iheanacho, Praet, Maddison, Barnes; Perez. Subs: Ward (GK), Justin, Morgan, Gray, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ndidi.

REFEREE: Craig Pawson (South Yorks)

VAR: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

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