Wrexham AFC return to the EFL Trophy for the first time since the 2007/08 season tonight as they take on Newcastle under 21s at the Racecourse (7.30pm kick-off). Phil Parkinson is expected to make a few changes from the side that beat Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on the weekend, with James McClean one player who will definitely not be involved as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

The Dragons have history in this competition, having won it in 2005 at the Millennium Stadium. It is not expected to be a priority for Phil Parkinson and his side this season but due to competition rules, Wrexham will have to field at least four players who meet various experience criteria.

This includes players starting their previous or following games or making more than 40 first-team starting appearances in their career. Newcastle United's youngsters are subjected to a different set of rules.

The Magpies must include at least six players who were under the age of 21 at the end of June, and only two who were over the age of 21 and had made 40 or more appearances at senior level at that time. Should the game end in a draw, a penalty shootout will be contested.

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Dragons boss Phil Parkinson said shortly after Saturday's game that he is looking to make some changes for tonight's match. He told North Wales Live: "Yeah, we'll make changes for Tuesday.

"We'll look at things in the build-up to the game and pick a team for Tuesday with all things considered." Wrexham's match-winner on Saturday Aaron Hayden revealed however that all the players in the squad want to play no matter what the fixture.

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He told North Wales Live: "Everyone wants to play, there's a big squad this year and there'll be players knocking on the gaffer's door. That's how it should be, everyone should want to play.

"The gaffer has the final decision but it's up to us to make sure that that we're up to scratch and we're training right. When we do get our opportunity we've got to play right and represent ourselves and the club in the right way - after that it's down to the gaffer."