BURTON Albion will put a strong side out for tonight’s Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett is using the fixture to keep players out of the first XI fit for the League Two run-in.
Striker Michael Symes (pictured) is among those who will start the game.
Rowett is still hopeful the 30-year-old, who came on against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend for his first appearance since November, can have a part to play in the final games of the season.
“The season’s certainly not over for Symesy,” said the manager.
“He’s been unfortunate and whenever he’s got an opportunity he’s been unlucky to pick up an injury which has stopped him playing.
“He suffered a bit with Rene Howe signing on the back of us having a poor pre-season goals-wise.
“Symesy’s a good player and he’s come to see me from time to time because he’s been desperate to play.
“He still feels he can offer us something and I’m hoping he can still have an effect.”
As well as Symes, goalkeeper Dean Lyness, centre-half Marcus Holness, midfielder Jack Dyer, wide-men Marcus Harness and Ashley Hemmings and forward Alex MacDonald will all play against the Baggies, kick-off 7.30pm at the Pirelli Stadium.
Promising young central defender Liam Slade would have played, but is again suffering with illness and has gone for a check-up.
“We’ll put a strong team out,” said Rowett, whose side beat Plymouth 1-0 on Saturday to stay in the automatic promotion frame.
“I’m looking forward to seeing one or two in a competitive game.
“It’ll help one or two of them to stay sharp and because it’s our home pitch and against West Brom it’s a good opportunity.
“We’ve put strong teams out in the competition all the way through.
“The fans that made it to the Leamington game know we put a really strong side out there.
“We want to win every game we play.”
ALBION’S official supporters’ club is hoping to run a second bus to the crucial Northampton Town game on Saturday.
Bookings are being taken at the club shop or by calling the Pirelli Stadium on 01283 565938.
Seats cost £10 and the buses depart at 12.15pm, with an expected return time of 7pm.