Norwich City’s young guns out to avoid a bee sting at Barnet
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Norwich City's starlets get another chance to impress Alex Neil on Tuesday night with the Canaries' next generation looking to move a step closer to the knock-out stages of the EFL Trophy.
The likes of James Maddison and Tony Andreu have moved on to loans spells in Scottish football since helping Dmitri Halajko's squad crush Peterborough 6-1 in their opening game of the newly revamped Football League Trophy competition. But the City chief could see a trip to the Hive Stadium as the perfect opportunity during the international break for fringe players like Sergi Canos, Louis Thompson and Ben Godfrey, who have had limited first team exposure in recent weeks.
Norwich are one of 16 elite categories invited to take part this season along with the clubs from Leagues One and Two, with a Wembley final on offer next year.
Barnet boss Martin Allen is pledging to mix and match his sparse resources. Former Norwich stalwart Michael Nelson is set to be rested with Barnet currently languishing in 17th place after picking up 12 points from their first 10 league games.
The League Two Bees earned a point from their opening Southern Group F trip to MK Dons but League Two progress is of more pressing concern ahead of a weekend trip to promotion-chasing Doncaster.
'I don't think it's any secret that we've had quite a lot of niggling injuries recently,' said ex-Gillingham, Notts County and Cheltenham boss Allen. 'I've been watching the young lads and the young lads have been training with us.
'We've got first-team players now who are questionable for the Doncaster Rovers game so we've got to rest them. I won't make any apologies for that, I've got to rest them and some young players have to come in.
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'Some of our senior players – Michael Nelson and Jamal Campbell-Ryce – have played three games in a week and need to be rested. They get fatigued and they get injuries. We can't afford any more injuries so some of our young players are going to come in. We will have a mix of our senior players and younger players so there should be no surprises when everyone turns up. It's not the same team. It's a different group.
'I need to utilise everyone in our squad. I've called a couple of players up from the youth team. Joe Payne everyone knows about and there is another one called Ephron who is a fantastic young player who I've had my eye on for a while now.'
Bees' captain Nelson was part of the Canaries set-up that won the 2011 League One title and ex-Norwich academy prospect George Francomb also spent a season on-loan at Barnet.
Norwich's senior squad last played Barnet in a 2007 League Cup tie at Carrow Road when Jamie Cureton struck a brace in a 5-2 win.