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GAMEDAY – Norwich at home

Birmingham City take on Norwich City today looking to kill a run of eight straight league home games without a win stretching back to March. Norwich however come in on the high of a 6-1 thrashing of Coventry in the League Cup in midweek.

Norwich City

Norwich come into the game unbeaten, with eight points from four games. They have a few injury problems however; Ivo Pinto is a doubt while John Ruddy, Martin Olsson, Graham Dorrans, Alex Pritchard and Matt Jarvis are all out. Former Blues loanee Kyle Lafferty is in contention for a start up top alongside another former Blue, Cameron Jerome.

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Blues

Rowett is without a couple of players for this game; Stephen Gleeson is a major injury doubt having picked up a knock in training while Jack Storer starts a three match ban for violent conduct. Diego Fabbrini may return after a knock while Reece Brown is likely to be in the 18 having narrowly missed out in previous weeks.

One player who won’t be in the squad is Paul Caddis, who played ninety minutes in the 2-0 development squad defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.

Ref

Darren Bond takes charge of this game, subject to late changes. He’s been in the middle for four games so far this season, showing 12 yellow cards and a single red. His last Blues game was the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough last November in which he booked Neal Eardley and Stephen Gleeson.

Suspension Watch

One Red Card: Jack Storer (three match ban to serve)

Four bookings: David Davis
Two bookings: Jonathan Grounds
One booking: Clayton Donaldson, Michael Morrison, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Stephen Gleeson and Jack Storer

The cutoff date for a player receiving a ban for five bookings is November 30, 2016
The cutoff date for a player receiving a ban for ten bookings is March 11, 2017

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