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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wants his new boys to catch the eye in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third round tie against Doncaster at Carrow Road.
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn and midfielders Alexander Tettey and Jacob Butterfield are all poised for their first starts for the club and Hughton indicated Tottenham loanee Harry Kane will also get a prominent role against the League One outfit.
Hughton made wholesale changes for the club’s home success against Scunthorpe in the previous round and the City chief plans to utlitise the same formula.
“I only do that because at this moment the squad we have allows us to do it,” Hughton said on Tuesday afternoon at his pre-match Colney briefing. “There isn’t anybody playing on Wednesday who does not have good experience and who isn’t a strong player. It is a game we very much want to win. When you look at the likes of Alexander Tettey he is an experienced player. Jacob is another one who has been used to playing. He has played enough development games for us to be able to put him in. He has played a lot of games at Barnsley and will be used to what is required to win a football match. Bunny, another one in goal. We have no concerns on that. We just have to make sure we go about the game in the same way as the previous round.”
Midfielder Anthony Pilkington (back) and defender Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) were not under consideration for Doncaster, but Hughton is not ruling either out at this stage for Liverpool’s Premier League visit. Bassong was forced off within ten minutes of his return to Newcastle on Sunday but initial medical scans have been encouraging.
“He has a slight strain of his hamstring. That is good news because they can drag on but we’ll assess him over the rest of this week,” said Hughton. “He won’t be available for Wednesday night but we’ll see where we are at the weekend. Anthony will miss the game on Wednesday but we are hopeful for the weekend. He has a slight back problem.”
Elliott Bennett is in the Doncaster squad after not playing since suffering a knee injury at Fulham on the opening day. Longer term absentee Steven Whittaker (ankle) could finally re-join training later this week.
“Steven is doing some very good running. We are hoping either the end of this week or the beginning of next that he will join in with the team,” said Hughton. “That will be a plus. It is one that has dragged on a little bit. With all injuries you want to be as optimistic as possible. We were given a timescale and it has probably taken the full amount. We are fortunate that in the positions he plays we have had enough cover.”
Youngster Josh Murphy has been elevated to the senior ranks for Doncaster’s visit and Hughton confirmed centre back Elliott Ward is also under consideration, despite being ineligible for City’s Premier League squad until the New Year at least.