Wildschut and Hoolahan return as Canaries make five changes for Bolton battle

Norwich City players take a look at the pitch before the Sky Bet Championship match at the Macron St

Norwich City players take a look at the pitch before the Sky Bet Championship match at the Macron Stadium, Bolton. Picture by Russell Hart/Focus Images - Credit: Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has made five changes to his starting line-up for today’s Championship fixture at Bolton (3pm KO).

Christoph Zimmermann returns in central defence after missing much of Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Wolves through illness, with Grant Hanley dropping back to the bench.

Marco Stiepermann also comes back in at left-back in place of James Husband, with Yanic Wildschut and Wes Hoolahan back into attacking midfield in place of Josh Murphy and Mario Vrancic. Cameron Jerome also returns as the lone striker, in place of Marley Watkins.

The bottom-of-the-table hosts stick with the same team which drew 3-3 at Sunderland on Tuesday to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.

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

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Bolton: Alnwick; Little, Wheater, Beevers, Robinson; Pratley (C), Henry; Ameobi, Vela, Armstrong; Madine. Subs: Howard (GK), Derik, Cullen, Buckley, Noone, Darby, Hall


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City team news

Nelson Oliveira has travelled to Portugal to seek help from a dentist and doctors to cure his on-going injury problems. Yanic Wildschut is available after missing the midweek defeat to Wolves due to personal reasons. Combative midfielder Alex Tettey (calf) is still out while Steven Naismith (ankle) is only back in full training and will not be considered. Alex Pritchard is targeting a return to training over the international break. Jamal Lewis, Louis Thompson and Matt Jarvis are all out longer term.

Bolton team news

Adam Le Fondre and Filipe Morais have what Phil Parkinson labelled ‘slight injury problems’ on Friday but the Trotters have no other concerns.

Bolton manager – Phil Parkinson

Managed to get the Trotters back to the second tier last season. Promotions on his CV as well at Colchester United and Bradford, who he also memorably guided to a fairtyale League Cup final in 2013.

One to Watch – Karl Henry

Vastly-experienced midfielder who knows what this division is all about after winning promotion with both Wovles and QPR earlier in his career. The 34-year-old joined Bolton a free transfer in September and scored his first goal for the club in the midweek draw at Sunderland.

Referee – Stephen Martin (Staffs)

Booked Russell Martin and Mitchell Dijks in a 1-1 league draw at Bristol City last season – Alex Neil’s final match.

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