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STARTING XIs: Pukki returns and Duda starts as City make three changes for Bournemouth battle

PUBLISHED: 15:02 18 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:58 18 January 2020

Top scorer Teemu Pukki returns for Norwich City after a two-game absence 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Top scorer Teemu Pukki returns for Norwich City after a two-game absence Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

New signing Ondrej Duda goes straight into the Norwich City starting XI, as part of three changes for this afternoon's crunch clash with Bournemouth.

Top scorer Teemu Pukki returns up front after a two-game absence, with youngster Adam Idah missing out totally due to the return of Josip Drmic to the bench.

Hertha Berlin loanee Duda starts in attacking midfield with Kenny McLean dropping deeper in Mario Vrancic's midfield absence.

Fit-again defender Ben Godfrey also comes back in after a month out with a knee injury, with skipper Grant Hanley dropping to the bench and Alex Tettey wearing the armband.

There's also no Mo Leitner or Marco Stiepermann in the squad, with new signing Lukas Rupp among the substitutes.

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Bournemouth make three changes as they try to end an awful run of nine defeats in 11 games which has seen them plummet down the Premier League standings.

Eddie Howe switches to a 4-5-1 shape, with striker Dominic Solanke dropping to the bench, defensive midfielder Philip Billing starting and England U21 keeper Aaron Ramsdale returning in goal.

Diego Rico also returns at left-back, allowing Holland international Nathan Ake to return to central defence in place of Simon Francis.

NORWICH: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey (C), McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki. Subs: Fahrmann (GK), Lewis, Hanley, Trybull, Rupp, Hernandez, Drmic

BOURNEMOUTH: Ramsdale; Smith, Cook (C), Ake, Rico; Harry Wilson, Gosling, Lerma, Billing, Fraser, Wilson. Subs: Boruc (GK), Francis, Simpson, Surman, Cook, Solanke, Surridge

REFEREE: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

VAR: Jonathan Moss (Yorkshire)

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