Norwich City restart their Premier League campaign by welcoming Southampton to Carrow Road on Friday.

Despite the long layoff the hosts are still struggling for numbers, with Marco Stiepermann training but unlikely to feature after some confusion as to whether the midfielder had contracted Covid-19.

Defensive trio Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram are all still out, and likely to remain out for the rest of the season.

For Saints the game is a little too early for Shane Long, who signed a new contract last week – he’ll miss out with a back problem.

Academy graduate Will Smallbone is pushing for inclusion, he too penned fresh terms recently.

Moussa Djenepo is unavailable for Southampton, as he begins his 3 match suspension for the red card he picked up against Newcastle before the season was halted.

Southampton will have a new skipper too, with James Ward-Prowse taking the armband from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojbjerg was stripped of the captaincy by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after expressing a desire to move away from the club and play at a “higher level.”

3 points from this game would see Southampton reach 37 for the season, just one win away from the magic 40 point mark which many believe secures survival.

Currently 6 points off safety and with it all to do, Daniel Farke will be hoping that his Norwich team will be able to use the break in the season to start afresh.

The Canaries boss will be wanting Teemu Pukki to recreate his early-season form in front of goal, particularly with tricky fixtures to come against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

A win in this game could prove vital if Norwich harbour any hopes of a Premier League great escape.

Norwich City v Southampton at Carrow Road is a 6pm kick off on Friday, June 19.

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