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11 August 2016

Our guide to the Owls

NORWICH City welcome Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, August 13 for their opening fixture of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season.

Here, we take a look at what City will come up against at Carrow Road.

Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal enjoyed an excellent first year in charge of Wednesday, even though they fell at the final hurdle in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.

Carvalhal led the Owls to the play-off final but they were beaten 1-0 by Hull City at Wembley, heartbreakingly missing out on a spot in the Premier League.

The 50-year-old has had a nomadic managerial career spread over the last 18 years, even though he had been away from the game for three years prior to his appointment at Hillsborough.

Steven Fletcher could play against the Canaries despite suffering a sickening head injury last weekend.

"He is training normal," said Carlos Carvalhal. "He will have to wear some sort of protective headgear but he's training. He did a test yesterday and he felt okay. He started today with a normal session with his colleagues."

In other injury news, Glenn Loovens is closing in on a return which will boost Wednesday's defensive options.

"Glenn has recovered fantastic now," added Carvalhal. "He is working on the pitch which means he is not far away from being back. I don't want to put any pressure on him or the medical department. He's in a very good way. He has started running and moving on the pitch. Loovens has done a good recovery."

Fernando Forestieri picked up from where he left off last season by netting the winner in their opening victory over Aston Villa.

The former Watford man, who signed for Wednesday for a fee reported to be in the region of £3m in the summer of 2015, bagged 15 league goals in his first season at Hillsborough.

Sunday's 85th-minute strike gave Carlos Carvalhal's team a fine win over relegated Villa to kick-start their season, and the Owls boss will be hoping Forestieri can have another consistent campaign.

The 26-year-old was born in Argentina to Italian parents, moving to Italy as a teenager. Prior to his time in England, he had permanent stints at Genoa and Udinese, featuring for a number of clubs on loan.

Goalkeepers: Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith, Jake Kean.

Defenders: Glenn Loovens (c), Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Jack Hunt, Daniel Pudil, Marnick Vermijl.

Midfielders: Kieran Lee, Almen Abdi, Liam Palmer, Jeremy Helan, Filipe Melo, Jose Semedo, Ross Wallace, Will Buckley, Barry Bannan.

Forwards: Steven Fletcher, Modou Sougou, Gary Hooper, Lucas Joao, Marco Matias, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri.

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