Norwich vs Manchester City team news: Yaya Toure replaced by Fernando, Raheem Sterling stays on bench

Manuel Pellegrini makes one change to the side which routed Aston Villa last weekend

Mark Critchley@mjcritchley
Saturday 12 March 2016 13:01
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has made one change to the side which ran out 4-0 winners over Aston Villa last weekend.

Yaya Toure, who sustained a heel injury in training earlier this week, is replaced by Fernando in midfield.

The 32-year-old Ivorian faces a race to be fit for City’s Champions League meeting with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

Raheem Sterling starts on the bench once again, despite scoring in last weekend’s rout, with Jesus Navas preferred on the right-hand side of midfield.

Patrick Bamford, who will make his first ever Premier League start in the lunchtime kick-off, is selected up-front for Norwich City.

The striker, on loan from Chelsea, is one of four changes made by Alex Neil to the side which lost at Swansea City last Saturday.

Matt Jarvis comes in for Steven Naismith, who is not included in the match day squad. Ivo Pinto and Robbie Brady also drop out to be replaced by Ryan Bennett and Martin Olsson.

Line-ups

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Howson, O'Neil; Redmond, Hoolahan, Jarvis; Bamford

Substitutes: Rudd, Bassong, Mbokani, Jerome, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Pinto

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Aguero, Bony

Substitutes: Willy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Zabaleta, M.Garcia, Sterling, Iheanacho

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