Kyle Dempsey and Jason Davidson are in contention for first appearances of the season when Huddersfield Town head to Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the English League Cup on Tuesday.
Versatile Dempsey missed out on a place among the 18 for Saturday’s 2-1 opening-day home Championship win over Brentford while Australian defender Davidson was laid low by illness.
“Jason has been training without problem, so we will see how he is after our pre-match training session,” said David Wagner, who is seeking his first cup win as Town head coach.
David Wagner on his cup record:
Wagner tried former Carlisle United player Dempsey in a number of roles last season, and confirmed: “I was pleased with the way Kyle was open to different ideas and positions.
“We have spoken and decided central midfield is his area and now he has to compete for a place.”
Town’s boss could also consider a start for on-loan Chelsea forward Kasey Palmer, who came off the bench to score the winner against Brentford.
Definitely ruled out are midfielders Dean Whitehead (suspended) and Philip Billing (ankle) and forward Harry Bunn (hamstring).
David Wagner on Nahki Wells transfer speculation:
Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon gave debuts to eight players in Saturday’s 1-0 home League I defeat by MK Dons.
It’s the first of three successive away trips for Town, who are on Championship duty at Newcastle United on Saturday and Aston Villa next Tuesday, August 16.
But Wagner’s focus is firmly on Shrewsbury, and he added: “We expect a tough test and we have to be sharp right from the start.
“We realise they may make us leave our comfort zone and we must be ready.”
Shrewsbury claimed three Championship scalps, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, in cup football last season.
Scottish manager Mellon has landed striker Ivan Toney, 20, on loan from Newcastle.
The ex-Barnsley loan man said:
“Shrewsbury have been after me for a while.
“I spoke to the manager a week ago and he said he was desperate to get me in because he likes my style of play and he wanted that bit more to add to the team.
“Hopefully I can produce that for him.
“He says all the positive things. His mentality is a winning one which is always good to have in a manager and it rubs off on the side.”