Will Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams make his first Premier League start for Norwich?
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Brandon Williams and Kenny McLean start for Norwich City against Leicester, but Christos Tzolis failed his late fitness test.
Williams, on loan from Manchester United, replaces Dimitris Giannoulis as left-back and McLean replaces Lukas Rupp in midfield, after both were impressed during Bournemouth’s 6-0 midweek cup defeat when the pair moved to XI City after losing 5-0 in Manchester.
It was Tzolis who scored two goals and on Tuesday two assists was the star of the show, but head coach Daniel Farke had warned before the game that the Greek winger had a calf problem.
Josh Sargent shakes off a buttock injury to keep his place on the bench, Giannoulis and Rupp fall on the bench and Christoph Zimmermann replaces the injured Bali Mumba among the substitutes.
The young full-back Mumba briefly dislocated his kneecap in this game and w Will return after the upcoming international break.
Poland’s winger Przemek Placheta is also hoping to be back in the race after the break after struggling with Covid-19 symptoms, and long-term injury victim Sam Byram is carefully working his way back into the race Fitness back.
Leicester has to do without striker Ayoze Perez as he receives a three-game suspension after receiving a red card for a dangerous tackle in their 4-1 defeat at West Ham on Monday.
The experienced Marc Albrighton replaces him on the right wing in an apparently conservative election, with the guests naming two keepers on the bench due to their injury problems.
Former Canary Islands loaner Ryan Bertrand is still after a phase of Covid-19 isolation not ready to take action again.
Brendan Rodgers’ biggest problems, however, are in central defense, as Wesley Fofana is out long-term due to a knee injury and both Jannik Ve stergaard and Jonny Evans will return to training next week.
NORWICH (4-3-3): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Williams; Lees-Melou, Gilmour, McLean; Cantwell, Pukki, Rashica. Subs: Gunn GK), Omobamidele, Zimmermann, Giannoulis, Sorensen, Rupp, Dowell, Sargent, Idah
LEICESTER (4-2-31): Schmeichel (C); Pereira, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas; Tielemans, Ndidi; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy. Subs: Ward (GK), Jakupovic (GK), Castagne, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Praet, Soumare, Iheanacho, Daka
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