Nottingham Forest will kick off their League Cup campaign at home against Bury on Tuesday and Aitor Karanka could make a number of changes for the clash.
The clash against the League Two outfit will be their fourth match in the space of ten days and the Spaniard will be keen to use the match to give some of his other players the opportunity to impress, with another tricky Championship clash coming up at the weekend with Wigan Athletic.
“I think there will be lots of changes, yes. The players who played against Reading – many of them have played three games in a row and we are in August,” he told the Nottingham Post.
“It is not a question of letting them rest, it is more about letting the other players show me that they are keen to play.
“For sure we will change things. But not because it is a cup game. I would have changed things for another league game.”
Matty Cash, Luke Steele and Jack Robinson could all be starters, whilst Sam Bryam and Michael Hefele may also get an opportunity to make their debuts.
The defender recently joined Forest on a season-long loan deal from West Ham United, whilst Hefele joined from Huddersfield Town on deadline-day.
Joe Worrall could still miss out with a virus, however, Karanka will have a largely fresh squad to choose from.
Forest will be expected to be comfortable favourites for the game, however, the cup is known to throw up some surprises.
Karanka is an experienced manager and will know not to take his opponents lightly and will be looking at the match with Bury as the perfect opportunity for some of his other players to make an impression.
The Tricky Trees have not yet tasted defeat and will not want to at the hands of lower league opposition.
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