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Carrow Road | 17th August 2013 15:00 | Attendance - 26824

Norwich City v Everton

Team News

Everton's 13-strong band of internationals reported back at Finch Farm on Thursday unscathed.

Marouane Fellaini played the full 90 minutes for Belgium after his infected cut healed, but Roberto Martinez confirmed Darron Gibson remains 50-50 for Saturday's trip to Carrow Road.

Tony Hibbert, Antolin Alcaraz and Magaye Gueye are all sidelined for the short-term.

Norwich, meanwhile, will be assessing the fitness of new signing Gary Hooper after the striker sustained bruising in last week's 2-0 friendly win over Panathinaikos.

Another summer recruit Leroy Fer is suspended, while Anthony Pilkington (knee) is a doubt.

Form

The Blues clocked up 14,000 air miles over the summer, taking on opposition from Accrington Stanley to Real Madrid via Austria, Lancashire and three US cities. Slender defeats to Madrid and fellow La Liga outfit Valencia failed to dampen the positivity witnessed under new boss Roberto Martinez.

Norwich were also Stateside, suffering defeat to MLS sides San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers, while earning draws against Portuguese and Spanish opposition either side of a trip to Brighton and the game against Panathinaikos.

With both sides warming up for the campaign with home wins in their final friendlies,

Last Meeting

Norwich 2-1 Everton, 21 February 2013.
For the second time in the 2012/13 season, Everton fell to a late Norwich smash and grab raid as two goals in the final six minutes saw the Canaries come from behind to inflict a painful defeat at Carrow Road. Back in November, Sebastien Bassong had struck in injury time at Goodison Park to force an unlikely 1-1 draw. Here Everton again led - this time through Leon Osman's first-half header - but left East Anglia with nothing after goals from substitute Kei Kamara and talisman Grant Holt snatched all three points.

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