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Leicester v Norwich: Championship – live


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Leicester City’s players warm up ahead of kick-off. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Some unofficial and potentially incorrect merchandise on sale outside the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

David Wagner: “It makes no sense to look on the table, or judge the table every match day because it can change with one game,” said Norwich’s manager after their win against Plymouth on Friday. “I think it makes total sense to focus on us and make sure we produce performances, like we’ve done in recent weeks, and make sure we fight and work as hard as we did against Plymouth.

“Then we have to make sure that we stay healthy, because we have a very thin squad. I said this more often in recent weeks and if you see in our last matchday squad, again, I think everybody realises it.

“It’s a super busy period at the end of the season, where everyone has already a lot of games in his legs. [Shane] Duffy came back with his first game after injury, which helps because it’s another body in the building, and this is what we do – keep working, keep focusing on the next one, which is exciting.”

David Wagner has steered Norwich to sixth in the Championship, fourpoints clear of Coventry City having played one game more. Photograph: Tim Williams/Action Plus/REX/Shutterstock

Enzo Maresca: “Yes, for sure,” said Leciester’s manager, upon being asked if his side could still finish in the automatic promotion places following their defeat at Ashton Gate. “As we said, it’s not good to lose games and drop points at this moment, but we need to be positive.

“We should be positive because, first of all, the points we have, and the performances are there, we just didn’t take the chances. One result can change everything, and hopefully it will come soon.”

Enzo Maresca was defiant in the face of Leicester’s defeat at the hands of Bristol City. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Today’s match officials

Darren Bond leads today’s team of match officials at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Dave Howarth/CameraSport/Getty Images

Leicester City v Norwich City line-ups

Leicester City: Hermansen, Ricardo Pereira, Faes, Vestergaard, Doyle, Ndidi, Winks, Dewsbury-Hall, Fatawu, Daka, Mavididi.

Subs: Justin, Coady, Vardy, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Praet, Akgun, Marcal-Madivadua, Stolarczyk.

Norwich City: Gunn, Stacey, Sorensen, Gibson, McCallum, Nunez, McLean, Gabriel Sara, Barnes, Sainz, Sargent.

Subs: Montoia, Aboh, Gibbs, Long, van Hooijdonk, Fassnacht, Batth, Duffy, Welch.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Early team news

Leicester are without winger Kasey McAteer, striker Tom Cannon and centre-back Ben Nelson, who are all sidelined with injury, while Callum Doyle is suspended on the back of the red card he was shown in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

Norwich striker Jon Rowe remains out with a serious hamstring injury, while winger Onel Hernandez will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. The Canaries’ Greek defender Dimitris Giannoulis is also out with a torn hammy. Shane Duffy could return to the heart of Norwich City’s defence after coming off the bench in his side’s win against Plymouth after returning from injury.

Championship: Leicester City v Norwich City

With just one win in their past six league games, Leicester CIty’s previously imperious form looks to have deserted them. From their exalted position of looking odds-on certainties for promotion with a 17-point lead, Enzo Maresca’s side have dropped to third in the table behind Ipswich Town and Leeds. They are two points off the pace and out of the automatic promotion places but have a game in hand over the two sides above them.

Following their weekend defeat at Bristol City they host a Norwich City side who are bang in form, having won consecutive games against a trio of Championship strugglers in Rotherham, Stoke and Plymouth Argyle. David Wagner’s men are likely to face a far sterner test of their collective mettle at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, as they endeavour to consolidate their position in the playoff places. Kick-off in Leicester is at 12.30pm (BST) butr we’ll have team news and build-up in the meantime.





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