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25 November 2017 Venue Carrow Road Attendance 25,167

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Team news: City v Preston North End

24 November 2017

Timm Klose is ruled out of City’s Sky Bet Championship match against Preston North End on Saturday.

Klose limped off during the defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening, and hasn’t recovered in time for the visit of North End to Carrow Road.

“Timm Klose isn’t available for tomorrow,” Daniel Farke told the media on Friday lunchtime. “He has a strain on a glute muscle. If everything works well he can return for the Cardiff match next week but we have to wait to see how it develops.”

Tom Trybull and James Husband, who were ruled out of the midweek game at Forest, will both miss this weekend’s game. The midfielder is suffering from a back strain but is expected back for the Cardiff match, while Husband – who has groin problems – is likely to have to wait a little longer.

Farke also revealed there are further fitness doubts over Harrison Reed and Marley Watkins. “Harrison and Marley had some concerns after Nottingham Forest but they joined us during training today. Marley had some problems with his hips which has caused problems with his groin – there’s no muscle injury but we have to see if he’s able to sprint tomorrow.

“Harrison got a hit on his feet which caused some pain but he’s a tough guy and I hope he’ll be able to play tomorrow.”

The growing injury list has led Farke to consider calling Alex Pritchard into the first-team. Pritchard returned to action for the Under-23s on Monday – when he featured for the first 45 minutes against Wolves – following his ankle operation in the summer.

“Alex Pritchard has been training for nine days now and he looks sharp and looks good during training. He looked pretty good during the first half for the Under-23s. When I look at him right now I hope he can join a bit sooner than we initially thought. To be honest I can’t wait to have him back on the pitch.

“We thought about giving him a bit longer for the Under-23s this weekend, and there were some thoughts about taking him in the first-team squad to give him some extra motivation to help with his recovery, but we will have to see how Marley and Harrison get on with their injuries. But the main thing is to have him more minutes for the U23s, and then see how he develops.”

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Maddison's free-kick cancelled out as City draw with Preston

25 November 2017

James Maddison’s brilliant free-kick was cancelled out by Tom Barkhuizen’s second half header as Norwich City drew 1-1 with Preston North End at Carrow Road.

Josh Murphy missed a great opportunity early on before Maddison found the top corner with a trademark set-piece on 34 minutes. However, Barkhuizen headed home from a Paul Gallagher delivery midway through the second half to earn Preston a point.

Daniel Farke made two changes from the side which started the defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek. With Timm Klose and Marley Watkins ruled out through injury, Christoph Zimmermann and Murphy both earned recalls. On the bench, there were spots for long-term injury absentee Alex Pritchard and academy stars Adam Phillips and Todd Cantwell.

In its infancy, the game was quiet and goalmouth action was minimal as both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game. The best of the chances came from the visitors but a Paul Huntington header and long-range Gallagher strike were of little threat.

City then began to assert themselves on proceedings midway through the first half and should have gone ahead on 22 minutes. A delicate chipped pass over the Preston defence from Wes Hoolahan set Murphy away and he lobbed Chris Maxwell before having his shot blocked by Darnell Fisher with the goal gaping.

After sustaining that pressure as the half wore on, City finally got their breakthrough with ten minutes to play until the interval. Maddison looked set to cross his free-kick from the left but instead bent the ball over Maxwell and into the top corner.

Preston finished the half stronger of the two sides though after Alan Browne hit the crossbar with an overhead kick on 38 minutes and Barkhuizen headed inches wide of the post from a Browne delivery five minutes later.

City emerged from the interval the sharper of the two sides and had a good opportunity to add to their advantage on 53 minutes. Maddison played an intricate through ball to Hoolahan who found himself in on goal but good defending from Preston forced his shot to deflect to Murphy on the left but his shot was cannoned off a visiting defender and went just wide.

Preston then went close ten minutes later when Calum Woods nodded straight at Angus Gunn from six-yards but the visitors didn’t have to wait long for their equaliser which came on 70 minutes. A Gallagher corner was met by Barkhuizen free in the area and he headed the ball into the net to makes the scores level.

Pritchard was introduced by Farke on 76 minutes and, on his first competitive appearance since last season, the playmaker almost made an instant impact, swivelling and then curling a long-range effort which was saved and held well by Maxwell.

With the game approaching its climax, the game took a bizarre turn. With one of the assistant referees unable to continue through injury, fourth official Andy Davies was forced to step in. But with no reserve official available in the dugout to replace Mr Davies, a fan – and qualified referee – was plucked from the Geoffrey Watling City Stand to step in and become fourth official for the remainder of the match.

The stand-in official then proceeded to hold up his board for ten additional minutes but City were unable to find a winner in that time as they drew for the second successive game at home.

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Ticket news: City v Preston

24 October 2017

Tickets for Norwich City's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Preston North End at Carrow on Saturday, November 25 will go on sale from Monday.

Tickets are priced at £23 for adults, £13 for 65+, £5 for U18s and £3 for U12s.

Members can purchase their tickets from 9am on Monday October 30, with season ticket holders available to get theirs on Wednesday November 1 at the same time. 

The tickets will then be placed on general sale from Friday November 3 at 9am.

To purchase your tickets, go online HERE, phone 0844 826 1902 or visit the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.

Furthermore, this match is one which Junior Canaries are able to claim a free ticket for. To do this, all you have to do is provide their name and supporter number at the point of booking.

To take advantage of this offer please contact the ticket office by phone or in person at Carrow Road or the Canary Stores at Chapelfield or Castle Mall. This offer is NOT available online.

For more information about Junior Canaries membership – which is better than ever this season –click HERE

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