Mick McCarthy insists the side he is set to field against Notts County on Tuesday is 'not understrength'.
The Wolves boss caused controversy with his selection policy last season when he opted to make 10 changes for a Premier League trip to Manchester United.
He was given a suspended fine of £25,000 on the back of that decision, with it felt that he had undermined the fixture by refusing to name his best team.
McCarthy has made a similar choice this week, having already revealed the names of those who will start a midweek Carling Cup date with Notts County.
Nine alterations have been made to the side which lost 3-1 at Tottenham on Saturday, with a number of those on the fringes of the first team given an opportunity to shine.
McCarthy believes he has every right to make such a selection, having opted to use a number of youngsters in the previous round against Southend.
He insists the team he has named boasts considerable top flight experience and, as a result, should not be regarded as a shadow XI.
"It's not an understrength team I've picked for tomorrow night," said McCarthy.
"It's a team containing Premier League players who have cost a few quid. There are no youth team players this time, but that's no detriment to them.
"We need to get back to winning ways and I'd love to have a cup run."
Steven Mouyokolo will be handed his Wolves debut against Notts County after shaking off the ankle and hamstring problems which have laid him low since joining the club from Hull City over the summer.
He will partner Christophe Berra at the heart of the defence, with the Scot available again after serving a one-match ban.
Much-travelled striker Marcus Bent will be given an opportunity to impress following his loan switch from Birmingham.
However, David Edwards has injured his ankle in training and joins Jelle van Damme (calf), Ronald Zubar (ankle) and Matt Jarvis (groin) on the treatment table.