WEST Brom are taking an inexperienced squad to The Den to face Millwall in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.
Under competition rules the Baggies could pick three overage outfield players and a goalkeeper, but U23 boss James Shan will be relying on U18s and U23s in south London.
West Brom play in Premier League 2 where they have won once and lost twice this season.
“Our under-23s squad is going to be quite light, we’ve got a number of under-18s with us,” Shan told Express & Star. “It’s going to be one hell of a test for us. And it’s going to be a difficult season, we’ve got to try and provide the platform for players to shine and get them out on loan and get some experience.
“I think it’s going to be a fabulous learning experience for everybody involved,” he said. “We’ve come up against League One and League Two opposition in the past in friendlies at the training ground.
“So it’s going to be a fabulous test for the boys against senior players who have been there and done it and got a lot of experience under their belts.”
Meanwhile, Millwall boss Neil Harris currently has five first-team players on the treatment table and will have to juggle resources to try to meet the requirement that five players who started against Chesterfield on Saturday must be in the starting XI tonight.