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Team news: Canaries to make changes for Stevenage clash but Buendia will miss debut chance

PUBLISHED: 16:12 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 13 August 2018

Emi Buendia will miss City's cup tie against Stevenage as he is in Spain with his wife due to give birth Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Emi Buendia will miss City's cup tie against Stevenage as he is in Spain with his wife due to give birth Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke intends to make changes for Norwich City’s cup clash with Stevenage but Emi Buendia will not be available for his debut as his wife is due to give birth.

The Canaries host the League Two side at Carrow Road in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, with Farke looking to get a first win of the season after a 2-2 draw at Birmingham and 4-3 home loss to West Brom.

“The cup has got a big value for us and the same value and priority as a league game,” he said. “So we want to be competitive and to be successful and we want to go into the next round.”

While keeping some of his cards close to his chest, City’s head coach did reveal Michael McGovern will start in goal but that Jamal Lewis won’t be available to start having missed all of pre-season through illness and a muscle strain.

“It could be that he’s involved in the squad, we’ll make a late decision,” the German said of left-back Lewis.

“On Sunday he was able to train again, for the first time after his dead leg, with the lads.

“Again he got another slight hit against his dead leg but I hope it’s okay. In general, 90 minutes would come much too early for him because he was just in training for five days before the dead leg and then three days more or less of rest.

“Now he’s back it could be that we take him in the squad but we will make a late decision.”

Of summer signing Buendia, who is yet to make his debut after signing from Spanish side Getafe this summer, Farke explained: “Emi Buendia will not be involved because hopefully if everything works there is a new little Buendia there, a young guy, hopefully with the talent of his father, or hopefully even better!

“So for that we allowed him to be with his wife and family. We will speak after the game and after the birth but today we will just let him concentrate on the most important things in life and have a phone call with him about when he will travel back because he’s in Spain with his wife at the moment.”

There will be further changes to the team which came out on the wrong side of Saturday’s seven-goal thriller with the Baggies at Carrow Road though.

“I don’t like to change too much in these games,” Farke explained. “Especially not last season, we had some changes between league and cup games but it was more like three or four changes in order to not lose the rhythm.

“We will change a bit more, there are three reasons. One is the depth of the squad. Last season I got the feeling perhaps some positions, although for some of the cup games perhaps the lads were not 100 percent recreated, we couldn’t do without their quality.

“Now we have a lot of competition in the squad who were not even involved in the travelling squad for the last games and you see how much quality is in there.

“The second topic we have to keep in mind is many important players had to do without, or nearly without, pre-season.

“So when I think of Grant Hanley, Ivo Pinto, Alex Tettey, Tim Krul – and the same when he is fit, with Mario Vrancic – so there is a risk of injury because of load during the cup games. So we need to be smart.

“And the third reason is we have many talented young players in our squad and I like to develop young players, it is crucial for the club and one big cornerstone for our way.

“That is not only to speak about the potential of the quality and how one day they are there in the future, you also have to play them.

“For all these reasons will lead to the decision that we will change a little bit more but it will not be a trial, we want to go into the next round.”

Teams are not restricted by the same homegrown quota of seven players as in the league in the Carabao Cup, with extra-time abolished in the competition from this season as well.

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