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Last Updated: 18/01/19 6:41pm
Norwich will be without midfielder Alex Tettey and defender Timm Klose for the Sky Bet Championship match against Birmingham on Friday night.
Tettey is set to miss at least three weeks with an abductor muscle strain, while Klose has flown to Switzerland to see a specialist about a knee problem which could require surgery. Captain Grant Hanley is available again following a one-match ban, while Marco Stiepermann (thigh) has resumed training so could be involved.
Midfielder Moritz Leitner (ankle) continues his rehabilitation, along with striker Carlton Morris (knee). Winger Ben Marshall has joined Millwall on loan, while defender Ivo Pinto is back at the club after a proposed transfer to a club in Turkey fell through.
Birmingham boss Garry Monk will not take any risks with forward Isaac Vassell after his return to action. Vassell made a first appearance after 14 months out with a serious knee injury and then a hip problem when he came on for the closing stages of last weekend's home defeat by Middlesbrough, so should be in the squad again.
Omar Bogle (calf) continues his recovery, along with midfielder David Davis (ankle) and centre-half Marc Roberts (calf). Defender Steve Seddon, 21, has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the season.
Norwich are unbeaten in six home league matches against Birmingham (W4 D2 L0) since losing 0-1 in March 2002 - which was the last time these sides met on a Friday.
Including play-offs, Birmingham have won just one of their last 14 league matches against Norwich (D7 L6).
Norwich have lost six of their last seven Championship games played on Friday (W1), losing all three under current manager Daniel Farke.
Birmingham are winless in their last three Championship games (D2 L1); they have not gone on a longer such run since starting the 2018-19 league campaign with no wins from their opening eight fixtures.
Norwich have scored 16 league goals in the final 10 minutes of games this season - four more than any other side in the top four tiers of English football.
Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has scored 10 goals and made nine assists in the Championship this season - the last player to achieve double figures for both goals and assists for the club in a league season was Chris Burke in 2011-12.
Norwich are now on their worst run of the season, having failed to win any of their past four games, and have dropped out of the top two on goal difference.
This is a great chance for them to get back on the horse and put some pressure on their promotion rivals on Friday night, but I think Birmingham have more than enough about them to cause some problems at Carrow Road. Draw for me.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)