Norwich City look set to hand Marco Stiepermann his debut as they rest players for their League Cup first round game against Swindon Town.

Manager Daniel Farke’s men have had three days to recover following the 1-1 draw with Fulham that kicked off their Championship campaign.

As a result, the German will make changes for the home game against the League Two outfit.

Some Norwich players are making their way back toward full fitness following injuries, including central midfielder Stiepermann, a summer signing from VFL Bochum.

While Farke confirmed that he might be involved tonight, defender Tom Trybull, another German summer arrival, remains some way off first-team contention.

“I think he [Stiepermann] could be in the squad,” Farke told the club’s official website.

“With Tom, he needs one or two weeks for his physical condition.

“His contract ended in June, and he was just doing the first period of pre-season by himself, so he needs some more training with the group.”

Right-back Ivo Pinto and attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan are making encouraging progress, but Farke may make a late decision over how much of a role he wants them to play, particularly as the latter was involved at the weekend.

“Wes is a little bit further on because he played Saturday and had that brilliant assist for Nelson’s goal,” he continued.

“Normally they would need a little bit longer, but they also need some minutes.

“We only have two days between the games and some guys need a rest after such a hard game.

“Wes and Ivo were so important last season, and they’re going to be so important this season, so we need them at 100%, but they also need some minutes.”

However, defenders Jamal Lewis and Harry Toffolo will play no part as they are still recovering from injuries.

“[There is] no chance for Harry and Jamal,” he said.

“They aren’t training with us, so it will take some more time with them, but I’m pleased that Ivo and Wes are improving day by day.”

Farke also revealed that defender and captain Russell Martin is managing an injury and that he may be allowed a rest.

“He played with a lot of pain and some injections but he showed a great attitude,” he continued.

“We have to think about whether it’s the right decision to bring him on the pitch tomorrow after such a hard game.

“If I’m honest, I’m thinking about giving him a little break because when you get older, you need a little time to recreate (sic).”

If Martin is rested, Timm Klose is an option to replace him if Farke continues to play three centre-backs.

Norwich’s top priority this season will be a top-six Championship finish, with the ultimate objective a return to the Premier League.

The Canaries rode their luck to some extent with their late equaliser at Fulham and will hope to record their first competitive victory of 2017-18 on Tuesday night.

There have been significant changes at Norwich over the summer but the Carrow Road outfit will hope for consistency and a strong start to the campaign.


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