Josh Murphy, Kyle Lafferty, James Maddison and Ryan Bennett all set to feature for Norwich City Under-23s against Dinamo Zagreb

James Maddison is among the first-team players to bolster Citys U23s against Zagreb. Picture: ANDY

James Maddison is among the first-team players to bolster Citys U23s against Zagreb. Picture: ANDY KEARNS/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Andy Kearns/Focus Images Limited

Josh Murphy, James Maddison, Kyle Lafferty, Ryan Bennett and the fit-again Matt Jarvis are all in the club's development squad for Monday's Premier League International Cup quarter-final against Dinamo Zagreb at Carrow Road (KO 7pm).

City confirmed on Monday morning the first teamers, along with Ben Godfrey, are poised to feature against the Croatian champions' development squad after victories over Valencia, Celtic and Aston Villa saw the Canaries top their group.

City warmed up for the big game with an impressive 5-0 win over Wolves at Colney on Friday, to seal their progress to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup.

'I think the cup competitions have been really good for us this year,' said academy manager Richard Money, in interim charge of the U23s alongside Matt Gill following the exit of Dmitri Halajko.

'Unfortunately I wasn't here for the Checkatrade Trophy and I know there were some really good results in the group stages there.

'The International Cup, we've won all three games there and have a big game coming up on Monday, and this (PL Cup) group's been very tight.


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'It's been a bit topsy-turvy but we've ended up definitely qualifying and if the result goes our way between Everton and Portsmouth we'll finish top, so very pleased.'

Todd Cantwell's hat-trick against Wolves on Friday was added to by goals from Ebou Adams and Diallang Jaiyesimi, but Money indicated after the win the youngsters were set to be joined by some senior personnel.

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'I wouldn't want people looking at this result and having too much expectation for Monday – and I mean that in the right way,' Money continued.

'This is a totally different ball game, the game on Monday. They're a men's team, they'll be like a second team, under-23s even without over-age players, they look a very old group and they're going to be tough to play against for sure.

'But I'm pretty certain that we will have a good complement of the first-team group, after Sunday's (derby) game, to help us in the match and we're going to need it.

'But it will be good for supporters to see some more familiar names on the pitch and if we can gel the two groups together we're going to give them a good game.'

Entry is free, see canaries.co.uk for full ticket details.

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