STARTING XIs: Cantwell one of three City changes against Saints

Todd Cantwell of Norwich in action during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture

Todd Cantwell returns to the Norwich City starting XI against Southampton - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dean Smith's has made three changes to the starting XI for his first game in charge of Norwich City, against Southampton at Carrow Road

Todd Cantwell returns in place of Kieran Dowell, who is ill, and Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour replaces Pierre Lees-Melou in midfield.

City skipper Grant Hanley also returns after the groin problem which kept him out of Scotland duty, with youngster Andrew Omobamidele dropping to the bench.

City take on Southampton at Carrow Road in Smith's first game in charge since replacing Daniel Farke as head coach, looking to build on a 2-1 win at Brentford prior to the international break.

The new Norwich boss has an almost fully fit squad to choose from, with centre-back Christoph Zimmermann out following recent ankle surgery and Sam Byram stepping up his return from 19 months out with hamstring problems when he played for the under-23s last night.

Ozan Kabak had trained after overcoming glandular fever but doesn't return to the squad.

Saints arrive sat 13th and six points clear of the relegation zone after three wins and a draw in their last four games, beating Smith's Villa 1-0 in their last match.

The visitors' fitness concerns have also cleared up, with defender Jack Stephens expected to be their only absence.

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Their only change sees Ibrahima Diallo replace Stuart Armstrong out wide, who isn't involved. 

Former Canaries winger Nathan Redmond returned to training after a positive Covid-19 test but doesn't return.

James Ward-Prowse, Tino Livramento and Chelsea loan striker Armando Broja are all available despite pulling out of international duty.

NORWICH (4-3-3): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Normann, McLean; Rashica, Pukki, Cantwell. Subs: Gunn, Omobamidele, Giannoulis, Rupp, Lees-Melou, Placheta, Tzolis, Sargent, Idah 

SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Diallo, Ward-Prowse (C), Romeu, Elyounoussi; Adams, A Armstrong. Subs: Forster (GK), Lyanco, Perraud, Valery, Tella, Smallbone, Long, Broja, Walcott 

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson 

VAR: John Brooks 

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