Norwich vs Rotherham preview
Last Updated: 30/11/18 2:07pm
Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich must do without midfielder Moritz Leitner because of a calf problem when they host Rotherham.
Winger Onel Hernandez (hamstring) is not available, but forward Teemu Pukki and midfielder Emi Buendia are expected to feature after unspecified knocks in the midweek goalless draw at Hull.
Captain Grant Hanley is stepping up his return having been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury, and the centre-back is set to play for the Under-23s on Friday night. Kenny McLean (ankle), winger Matt Jarvis (ankle/knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are all back in training as they build up fitness, while midfielder Louis Thompson (shoulder) also continues his recovery.
Rotherham are not expected to have forward Kyle Vassell available for the trip to Norfolk as he manages an on-going groin problem. Winger Jon Taylor hobbled off with a knee issue during Tuesday's 2-2 draw with QPR and will be assessed.
Midfielder Ryan Manning missed the game against Rangers as he was ineligible to face his parent club, so will come back into contention. Defender Sean Raggett is on the mend from ankle surgery and played for the reserves in midweek, but will not be involved at Carrow Road as he is on loan from Norwich.
Norwich are unbeaten in 10 home matches against Rotherham in all competitions (W4 D6) since a 1-2 defeat in April 1966.
Rotherham are looking to win back to back league games against Norwich for the first time since October 1966.
Norwich are looking to win four consecutive home league games for the first time since February 2017.
Rotherham have drawn each of their last three league games on the road - they haven't drawn four consecutively on their travels in the second-tier of English football since 1965-66, when they did so twice.
Norwich sit on 37 points from their opening 19 games this season, making them the 21st side to achieve this total or higher after as many games in the Championship since 2008-09 - 17 of the previous 20 were promoted to the Premier League.
Norwich are the only side of the 72 in the Football League yet to have an Englishman score a league goal for them this season (excluding own-goals).
Their winning run had to come to an end eventually, but I must admit I was a little surprised to see Norwich held at Hull, having tipped them for a comfortable victory!
This is a great chance for them to get back to winning ways against a Rotherham side who are unbeaten in seven, but six of those have been draws and they are still without a win on the road this season. Home win for me.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)