Chris Hughton is backing City’s fresh faces to pass their big audition and seal a place in the Capital One Cup last 16 at Doncaster’s expense.

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Summer signings Mark Bunn, Alexander Tettey and Jacob Butterfield are all in line for their competitive debuts for the club. Tottenham loanee Harry Kane is also set to feature heavily and academy prospect Josh Murphy has earned a senior call-up as Hughton looks to adopt the same formula that plotted Scunthorpe’s downfall in the previous round.

“We will make wholesale changes,” said Hughton. “It would be nice for young Josh to play some part but, apart from him, there isn’t anybody 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 and he has played enough development games for us to be able to put him in.

“He played a lot of games at Barnsley and so he’ll be used to what is required to win a football match. Bunny in goal is another one. We have no concerns on that score. He had a hip problem when he first came and we knew that meant he was a little bit behind. He is looking forward to it.

“We just have to make sure we go about the game in the same way as the previous round. What you have to do is make the players aware, and they are, that come the match they know what to expect.”

Hughton confirmed yesterday Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) will not be involved against the League One club – an outcome that could pave the way for Elliott Ward’s first team return.

“Yes he will come into my thinking, very much so,” said Hughton, with Ward eligible to play in cup competitions despite being omitted from Norwich’s 25-man Premier League squad until the New Year. “I can understand him wanting to play at this stage of his career, but they are the tough decisions you have to make on this side as a manager. One thing I would say about Elliott is he has trained very well.

“He is aware of the situation and we are looking for the opportunity for him to go out and loan. We know that at any time, particularly looking at the quality of player in the Championship, that we could get that call, so it is important he trains well and also that when there is an opportunity, we don’t disregard him. The fact is he is here, so we would not want to leave him out completely. Yes, he will be involved.”

Bassong suffered a ‘slight’ hamstring strain at Newcastle, but Hughton has not ruled the centre-back out of his thoughts for Liverpool’s Premier League visit this weekend. Longer term absentee Steven Whittaker is set to re-join first team training after damaging ankle ligaments in pre-season.

“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, but we are fortunate that in the positions he plays we have had enough cover.”

Anthony Pilkington will miss tonight’s cup-tie with a back injury but fellow midfielder Elliott Bennett is in the squad after overcoming a knee problem sustained at Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Extra-time and penalties will follow tonight if the teams are level after 90 minutes. The fourth round draw is scheduled to take place after tonight’s ties on Sky Sports at 10pm.

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