Crawley v Norwich team news

Norwich City
Defender Christoph Zimmermann has signed a new contract with Norwich, the Premier League club have announced.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has indicated he will make changes for Tuesday’s EFL Cup trip to Crawley and Christoph Zimmermann is in line to return.

Zimmermann is yet to feature for Norwich this season after undergoing knee surgery during the summer.

The 26-year-old German defender, who was a key member of the Canaries squad last season with 40 appearances in the Championship as they claimed the title, is now back in training and Farke hopes Zimmermann can feature as he is eager to give Ben Godfrey and Grant Hanley a rest.

“Ben Godfrey and Grant have had to play each and every minute and I would like to rest them. Not because they need a rest but because of the quick turnaround,” said Farke. “We need Christoph back as soon as possible.”

Timm Klose could also be brought in after he was left on the bench in the 3-2 defeat at home to Chelsea at the weekend.

Summer recruit Josip Drmic remains absent with a hamstring problem but Farke says the Swiss forward is close to a return to training, although the Premier League trip to West Ham on Saturday is also likely to come too soon for the former Borussia Monchengladbach man.

Winger Patrick Roberts and midfielder Ibrahim Amadou are expected to make their competitive debuts for the Canaries at Crawley.

Roberts moved to Carrow Road on a season-long loan deal from Premier League champions Manchester City, while Amadou arrived on deadline day from Spanish outfit Sevilla and could potentially join the club outright next summer.

Farke may opt for a change in goal as Tim Krul could make way for Ralf Fahrmann, who is on loan from Schalke.

Teemu Pukki has enjoyed a blistering start to the season with five goals in just three Premier League games and he could be rested or handed a place on the bench.

Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi admits his League Two side are the massive underdogs but refused to completely rule out an upset, and he is looking forward to coming up against Premier League opposition even if the odds are firmly stacked against the hosts ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

“For us it’s a win-win situation because we are guesting a Premier League club and maybe we have a one per cent chance of winning the game, and we will fight for that one per cent,” he said.

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