Team news for Newcastle cup trip

I will make some changes because we also have a very important game on Saturday

Gianfranco Zola
The Blues boss revealed that he may take the opportunity to rest a couple of his senior players who are carrying niggling injuries.

But despite considering rotating his squad somewhat, he is determined to provide a stiff test for the high-flying Magpies with the prize of a place in the fourth round and a trip to Oxford United up for grabs.

“It’s a tough place to go but I will make some changes because we also have a very important game on Saturday,” said Zola.

“I have to try to change some players, especially because we have one or two that have little issues physically and I want to preserve them.”

The Blues manager expanded: “Michael Morrison (pictured) has a groin problem which he has had for a month, so if we have an opportunity to give him a rest we will do that.

“The other one is Lukas Jutkiewicz who has been playing a lot. And because there is a big game coming up and we don’t have much (attacking) cover at the moment, I’m considering giving him a rest as well.

“But still, as we did in the first game, we are going to put a strong team out on the pitch.”

Blues will be without recent recruit Craig Gardner, who is ineligible having not signed until after the original cup meeting with Newcastle at St. Andrew’s.

And Clayton Donaldson (heel) and Greg Stewart (knee) remain sidelined due to their respective injuries.