Scott Phelan is primed to play his first City game for five months tomorrow - four days after being released.

The former Everton midfielder was one of the unlucky 13 players to be axed by Stuart McCall as he cleared the decks for next season.

But with Eddie Johnson already gone and Lee Bullock coming back to fitness, Phelan is still expected to start against Wycombe in the final game - his first action since the home defeat against Hereford just after Christmas.

Alex Rhodes, David Brown and Ben Saynor are also in the squad travelling down in the morning even though they, too, must look elsewhere.

McCall has been impressed that the youngsters have not let their chins drop after receiving the bad news.

He said: "Training yesterday was like the first day of pre-season because of the energy and liveliness. Bearing in mind we've got four lads with us who have been released, you'd never have known it with all the banter.

"When I released them, I knew I was going to be short this weekend but the four lads are all desperate to be involved, which is good.

"Scotty Phelan deserves his chance. He got a knock the other night when Liverpool lost to Chelsea but he's a good kid and his attitude has been spot on - as they all have.

"He realises he's not going to be here next season but his performances in the reserves have been really good of late and he wants to play.

"It's not worked out for him here but I'm sure he can find another club and do well. There are a few of them who might have to drop down to Conference level to come back up later on.

"But we have to improve the quality for next season if we want to be up there. We need to up the level in the squad and that's what I'm trying to do."

With Peter Thorne out, Luke Medley will make his first start up front. The 18-year-old striker, who has been offered a new deal, has played eight times so far off the bench.

McCall said: "Luke has done really well for the reserves to score ten goals in a not very successful team. It's a good opportunity to look at him."

Another teenager, Sean Taylforth, will also make his full debut on the left wing to cover the suspended Joe Colbeck. Young midfielder Luke Sharry is expected to travel for experience.

Wycombe boss Paul Lambert may rest players again as his side gear up for next week's promotion play-offs.

Lambert made six changes for the 1-0 loss at Notts County and could give some of his big-hitters another afternoon off.

Striker Scott McGleish is one goal short of 200 in his career but, having played at Meadow Lane, he may be rested in favour of Leon Knight, who returns from suspension.

Sam Stockley is banned so Craig Woodman will come in at left back, with Russell Martin likely to switch to the right.

McCall said: "Paul's a good person who has built a strong team there. I saw Wycombe at Grimsby a couple of weeks ago and they were excellent.

"They are very hard to break down, as we found at Valley Parade. We played well that day but they defended well.

"And logistically, I would like them to go up from the play-offs because Darlington, Stockport and Rochdale are much nearer travelling-wise so I know we'll take more fans to those games next season."