Gary Rowett is expected to use the League Cup clash with Huddersfield Town to rotate his Stoke City team after the Potters claimed their first victory of the season at the weekend.

Tipped by many to go straight back up to the Premier League following their relegation last term, they drew two and lost two of their opening four Championship matches, but beat Hull City 2-0 at on Saturday to get their campaign up and running.

Veteran goalkeeper Adam Federici is likely to take the place of fellow stopper Jack Butland between the sticks for the visit of the Terriers, while youngster Harry Souttar could come into the defence.

Experienced midfield duo Charlie Adam and Darren Fletcher were both on the bench for the win over the Tigers and will be chomping at the bit to show that they still have something to offer against the top-flight outfit.

Up front, Rowett has the option to bring in Benik Afobe and Bojan, but may continue with Saido Berahino, who incredibly has not yet opened his Stoke account despite joining in January 2017.

Having kept hold of the vast majority of their squad over the summer, many thought that the Potters would make light work of English football’s second tier.

However, their difficult start to the season has been a perfect example of just how difficult a league the Championship is to get out of.

Whilst Rowett told Football League World after the Hull win that he is keen to keep some momentum in the Stoke dressing room, he will also be acutely aware that the League Cup is not a priority and is therefore likely to give some of his key men a rest.

The Potters face off against West Brom at the weekend in a match that will give an indication as to how each side has dealt with relegation last term.


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