David Fox to return for Norwich City as Chris Hughton plans wholesale changes
Midfielder David Fox and goalkeeper Declan Rudd will be among those to benefit as Norwich City manager Chris Hughton promises 'significant changes' for tonight's Capital One Cup second round tie at home to Scunthorpe United.
Hughton is set to rest most – possibly all – of the 11 who faced Queens Park Rangers in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road as the Canaries bid to reach round three of the competition for the first time since 2007.
But as City take on League One's bottom side, he argues that it is not a case of fielding a weakened side.
He said: 'I regard it as an important competition. It is one we would like to make progress in.
'We have the advantage of a home tie, which is what everybody wants. It perhaps gives us an opportunity to get players a game who have not been able to feature in the league games. It is one we will take seriously.
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'There is always a criticism you can undervalue a competition when you change a team. I look it at a different way. It is a real opportunity to keep the competition going among the players. It is tough when you have good players not getting regular football. What the cup allows you to do is manoeuvre your squad, to give a game to the ones pushing who have not been involved on a Saturday.
'It also gives me food for thought if I come away from this game thinking I like what I saw.'
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Fox, fit after a knee injury, will make his first senior appearance since the 3-0 Premier League defeat by Liverpool in April.
'He will be involved and that is a boost for him,' said Hughton. 'He has done it the right way by playing in two development games. He played the best part of 90 minutes the last time out so it is good to see him back.
'It was a shame he missed the start of pre-season because that of course is a time when you would have liked to involve him.'
Rudd's last first team outing came in the 4-1 FA Cup win over Burnley in January, but he impressed his new boss in warm-up games.
'It will be an opportunity for Declan. I can tell you now he is playing,' said Hughton. 'We are fortunate here we have two good young goalkeepers and we have decisions to make on their immediate futures.
'The ideal scenario would be to be out on loan playing games and getting experience but that is a balancing act.'
Wes Hoolahan and Chris Martin could also get the chance to add to their limited action so far, but Norwegian midfield signing Alexander Tettey is unlikely to make his debut.
'At this moment the clearance hasn't come through and we are not expecting it to, although it may be very, very close,' said Hughton. 'That is a shame because it would have been a good introduction for him to English football. He will, of course, then be available for the weekend.'
Robert Snodgrass missed training yesterday because of a slight problem with his right ankle, but Hughton expects him to be fine for Saturday's Premier League trip to Tottenham.
'All he has done is tweak it slightly but he was able to finish the game. It is just a touch sore at the minute. He didn't train today but we expect him to train tomorrow,' he said yesterday.
Injured trio Steven Whittaker (ankle), Elliott Ward (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee) are out of action, while midfield pair Jacob Butterfield (knee) and Tom Adeyemi (foot) began their comebacks in City Under-21s' 1-0 win at Bolton yesterday.
Hughton, meanwhile, admitted he was still keen to add a striker to his squad before the transfer window closes on Friday, but insisted former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen was not a target, and distanced himself from a possible move for Manchester City's Swedish youngster John Guidetti.
'It is an area we are looking at to do something, but that would have to be the right player,' he said.