Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Mick McCarthy faces his own fitness battle ahead of Middlesbrough visit

15:40 01 February 2013

Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor

Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor

Ipswich v Middlesbrough: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy faces his own fitness battle ahead of tomorrow’s Championship visit of Middlesbrough.

shares

The Blues boss has not been at the training ground since Tuesday due to a virus, with assistant Terry Connor taking today’s press conference and on stand-by to take charge at Portman Road tomorrow.

“He wasn’t great on Monday, but he felt worse on Tuesday, went home and hasn’t reported for work since,” said Connor.

“He was desperate to come in today but still didn’t feel able to come in, so he’s hoping that all the drugs and everything kick in by tomorrow and he’s able to do his stuff on a matchday.”

Middlesbrough arrive at Portman Road in sixth-place, but having lost three games in succession and six of their last seven away matches.

There are plenty of Town links at the Teeside club, with manager Tony Mowbray and assistant Mark Venus both former Blues players, midfielder Grant Leadbitter having spent three years at Portman Road, while two-times Town winger Kieron Dyer has just signed for the club and could make his debut on Suffolk soil.

The could be two debuts for the Blues. Richard Stearman – who has joined the club on loan from Wolves until the end of the season – is set to replace Bradley Orr at right-back following his return to Blackburn.

Left-footed playmaker Anthony Wordsworth – signed from Colchester – is more likely to be on the bench. The 24-year-old midfielder’s last competitive match came over three weeks ago due to a two-game suspension coming during a period in which many League One games were victims to the cold snap.

“It’s been a bit heavy out on the pitches this week, so we’ve had to try and temper the training to make sure we don’t overdo it and leave too much on the training pitch,” said Connor. “With a bit of luck, the gaffer will have everyone to select from for tomorrow.”

Town have slipped to within four points of the relegation zone since last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at previously rock-bottom Bristol City. Like Middlesbrough, the Blues are yet to register a league win in 2013.

– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.

shares

2 comments

  • He's 'hoping the drugs kick in soon' so he can attend the Middlesborough game. Performances recently have been pretty dire I agree - maybe they should hand them out at the turnstiles so we can all be comfortably numb as we witness the latest installment of Only the Loanees ???

    Report this comment

    Old Timer

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Presumably Mick the Man's virus is only a short term loan - and will move on soon

    Report this comment

    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthy at Loftus Road

He may be down to the bare bones, but Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy stands by his philosophy that it’s better to have a close-knit squad than a bloated one.

Ipswich Town have signed Ben Pringle on loan from Fulham

Ipswich Town have confirmed the loan signing of Ben Pringle from Fulham ahead of tomorrow’s Championship game at Bristol City.

Jon Stead is ecstatic after scoring Bristol City's winner against his old club at Ashton Gate

Ahead of Ipswich Town’s trip to Bristol City this weekend, we look at a few players who turned out for both teams.

Former footballer Marcus Bent. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Marcus Bent has escaped being sent to jail as he was sentenced for confronting two officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while in a “delusional” state under the influence of cocaine.

Brett Pitman getting the ball under control at QPR

Brett Pitman has vowed to celebrate if he manages to find the net against former club Bristol City tomorrow, and believes strikers who hold back their emotions against former employers are doing so for show.

Cole Skuse puts his head in where ithurts with Lee Bowyer

Midfielder Cole Skuse is ‘gutted’ to miss out on a first return to former club Bristol City this weekend due to injury.

Luke Hyam with a first half header at Bristol City in 2013

A bite-sized look ahead to Ipswich Town’s trip to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City.

mick mccarthy at brighton last night

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admitted he has been forced to dip into the loan market after an injury crisis – and then lamented the fact such an option won’t be available next season.

Brett Pitman celebrates Towns victory at the final whistle of the Ipswich Town V Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016.      

Picture: Steve Waller       

www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman is fed up of being labelled a ‘super-sub’.

Match Centre

Build-up, live match updates and reaction from Ipswich Town’s trip to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24