Huddersfield Town's Keith Southern is primed for a first appearance of the season in tonight’s Capital One Cup third-round clash at Premier League Hull (7.45).

And a successful performance would put the experienced midfielder in the frame for Friday’s home Championship clash with former club Blackpool.

Southern suffered a calf problem in pre-season but came through a behind-closed-doors clash at Bury last week without problem.

Now he is set to step in for the showdown with Hull, who are 11th in the top flight after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Newcastle.

The proximity of the two games means Town boss Mark Robins, whose team are ninth in the Championship, is set to emulate Hull chief Steve Bruce by making changes.

And Robins has hinted there could be opportunities for members of the Under 21 squad after a successful start to the Professional Development League campaign.

“This week’s schedule in terms of the quick turnaround between games will shape what I do, and opportunity will knock for a few players,” said Robins.

“Our club model means we have to develop our young players and provide a pathway to the first team.

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“There are several showing real promise, now the really interesting question is will they be able to produce on the big stage?

“Those who come in have a great chance to stake a claim, and it will be exactly the same for those selected by Hull.

“I know Steve Bruce will make changes, but he has a Premier League squad, and isn’t short of quality players, so we face a tough test.

“We’re the underdogs, but we have players who can score goals and cause problems for opponents and players who can defend, so we have a fighting chance.”

Town are unlikely to risk centre-back Joel Lynch, who suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s goalless draw at Blackburn.