Onel Hernandez starts for Norwich at Wycombe after impressing from the bank in Birmingham mid-week
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Onel Hernandez shook off a dead leg to start his first division in four months for Norwich City this lunchtime

Hernandez impressed from the bench in a 3-1 win in Birmingham on Tuesday Todd Cantwell had a small calf problem, the Cuban winger starts and the Polish winger Przemek Placheta returns to the bench after four games

The other change to the starting XI is that Ben Gibson returns with a back issue after two games Christoph Zimmermann falls on the bench and Xavi Quintilla falls out of the squad

Marco Stiepermann will return to training with the first team after almost two months due to a virus On Friday he competed for the second time under 23 and scored a 90-minute penalty and entitlement to assistance in a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough

Signing in January Orjan Nyland is currently in full training but young goalkeeper Daniel Barden continues to provide cover for Tim Krul Michael McGovern is expected to largely miss the rest of the season after a thigh operation

Full-back Sam Byram is tentatively returning to full training after two years due to two thigh operations

The front runners go into the game knowing that with a fifth win in a row they would be 10 points ahead of third in order to keep control of the automatic promotion race

Brentford cut their lead to four points with a 2-1 home win over Stoke on Saturday, but both Watford and Swansea lost to give the Canaries a chance to consolidate their top two prospects

Norwich needed a late free kick from Mario Vrancic to beat Gareth Ainsworth’s spirited side 2-1 on Carrow Road in October after Scott Kashket canceled Teemu Pukki’s Canary Islands opener early in the first half

The Chairboys are in their first season in the second division and although they are at the bottom of the table, they have kept their hopes for survival alive with two wins and one draw from their last four games

However, they trailed 11 points on Saturday as Birmingham beat QPR 2-1 at home to recover from their 3-1 midweek loss to Norwich

They won 1-0 at home against play-off hopefuls Reading on Tuesday, despite central defender Ryan Tafazolli in the 69th Minute was sent off Josh Knight fell into defense and Dominic Gape was the only host to change midfield in Tafazolli’s absence

The hosts have the former Norwich Academy prospect Anis Mehmeti in their starting XI The 20-year-old has scored twice in 17 championship games this season, and the midfielder was at Norwich between 2017 and 2019

Two veteran players return to the bench for Wycombe Influential left-back Joe Jacobson has only appeared in one of the last eight games due to a knee injury and then muscle strain and veteran striker Adebayo Akinfenwa missed the last four with a knee problem / p>

Number one goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has missed the last two games due to injury Former Fulham keeper David Stockdale was called back from an emergency loan from Stevenage, the second division club

WYCOMBE (4-3-3): Stockdale; Grimmer, Stewart (C), Knight, Obita; Wheeler, Gape, Mehmeti; McCleary, Ikpeazu, OnyedinmaSubs: Anderson (GK), McCarthy, Jacobson, Horgan, Thompson, Ofoborh, Kashket, Akinfenwa, Samuel

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