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EFL preview: Norwich City & Ipswich Town back in action

Norwich City and Ipswich Town are back in action. Credit: PA

Our Championship teams are back in action this weekend following the international break.

Norwich City face the bottom club Rotherham United, while Ipswich Town also play another struggling team in the shape of Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries have been boosted with the news that defender Timm Klose is fit enough to feature despite picking up an ankle knock on international duty but winger Robbie Brady is a doubt.

Midfielder Jonny Williams could make his latest debut for Ipswich after recovering from injury.

In League One, there's a tough test for MK Dons who take on the leaders Scunthorpe United.

This weekend's fixtures

  • Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town (Championship)
  • Norwich City v Rotherham United (Championship)
  • Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Millwall (League One)
  • Scunthorpe United v MK Dons (League One)
  • Southend United v Chesterfield (League One)
  • Cambridge United v Grimsby Town (League Two)
  • Doncaster Rovers v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Luton Town (League Two)
  • Morecambe v Stevenage (League Two)

Norwich City's Klose suffers injury scare

Timm Klose was injured while on international duty. Credit: PA

Norwich City have suffered an injury scare ahead of their Championship game against Rotherham United this weekend after key defender Timm Klose was injured on international duty.

The centre back was withdrawn at half-time while playing for Switzerland against Andorra last night after going over on his ankle.

It's not yet known how serious the damage is, but Klose himself seemed in high spirits after the match - posting a positive message on social media.


Norwich City boss Neil wins Manager of the Month

Alex Neil and Norwich City had a month to remember. Credit: PA

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has won the Championship Manager of the Month award.

The Canaries won five of their six games in all competitions in September to move up to second in the league.

Neil saw off competition from Newcastle United's Rafael Benítez, Reading boss Jaap Stam and Carlos Carvalhal to land the prize.

Norwich winger Jacob Murphy missed out on the player award though, with Brentford striker Scott Hogan being chosen instead.

"The scorelines in the games in the month have been quite tight, but the gulf between ourselves and the opposition is probably more than the scorelines suggest," Neil said.

"We’re now up to second, but disappointingly we didn’t pick up the points we thought we deserved at Newcastle.

"We’ve got a lot to be happy about, however a lot still to work on."

In League One, Northampton Town duo Rob Page and Matty Taylor were overlooked despite being nominated.

Neil and Murphy nominated for Championship awards

Alex Neil and Jacob Murphy have both been nominated. Credit: EMPICS/PA

Norwich City's Alex Neil and Jacob Murphy have been nominated for the monthly awards in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Canaries won five of their six games in September, with a 4-3 defeat to Newcastle United being the only black mark on their form book.

Neil is up against Newcastle's Rafael Benítez, Reading boss Jaap Stam and Carlos Carvalhal of Sheffield Wednesday for the manager award.

Murphy has enjoyed an exceptional breakthrough season at Carrow Road so far, and scored four goals in the month.

He will have to see off competition from Bristol City's Tammy Abraham, Brighton defender Shane Duffy and Brentford striker Scott Hogan to land the prize.

The winners will be announced tomorrow.

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