GARY Rowett will rest the weariest of his Burton Albion players for tonight’s trip to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, writes TOM SLOAN.
Wide-man Chris Hussey will certainly be rested while forward Adam McGurk is also likely to be given a breather after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley.
“Chris had a sore hamstring on Saturday and it inhibited his performance,” said the Brewers boss ahead of tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off.
“You can’t blame him after his performance against Fulham last Tuesday night and he’s one I’ll possibly give a break to.”
The Brewers boss is hamstrung by competition rules dictating who he can pick. Six of the side which started Saturday’s game – or six who have made the most starts this season – must begin the tie at Meadow Lane.
Those likely to be rested along with Hussey and McGurk include Rory Delap, Rene Howe and Lee Bell.
“We’ll certainly make changes,” said Rowett. “I’ll rest a few but we want to keep this run going.
“It’s also a good competition and we want to do well in it, but at the same time have players who need a rest.”
Jimmy Phillips is unlikely to feature after his head injury against Accrington, while Zander Diamond (foot) only just returned to training yesterday. Billy Kee (thigh) is out.
Notts, meanwhile, are also likely to make the maximum number of changes.
Among the players likely to come in for the Magpies are 19-year-old German goalkeeper Fabian Spiess, promising defender Curtis Thompson and midfielder Greg Tempest.