Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°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 Town midfielder Luke Hyam

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says his side are missing the ‘blood and thunder’ of injured midfielder Luke Hyam.

Richard Chaplow

Millwall outcast Richard Chaplow wants to repay Mick McCarthy after the Ipswich Town boss rescued the midfielder from his Den despair.

Billy Sharp celebrates his winner against Ipswich at Elland Road last night

Leeds v Ipswich: Daryl Murphy’s saved penalty proved crucial as Ipswich Town suffered a 2-1 defeat to Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Wednesday night.

Mick McCarthy looks unhappy after Leeds' winning goal

Leeds v Ipswich: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy could not hide his disappointment and frustration following tonight’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.

Chris Wood closes down at Leeds last night

Leeds v Ipswich: The Blues missed the chance to move back into the Championship’s top six, losing 2-1 at Leeds United on Wednesday evening.

Daryl Murphy

Leeds v Ipswich: Ipswich Town’s top scorer Daryl Murphy and his regular strike partner, Freddie Sears, are among two of a quartet of players that have been dropped for tonight’s game at Leeds United.

Chris Wood came on as a sub at Carrow Road

Confident striker Chris Wood is ready to do some damage for Ipswich Town at the business end of the season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hopes Leeds United’s defenders – fresh from being given a torrid time by free-flowing Watford – are nervous about the prospect of facing his powerful side.

Tony Mowbray

Former Ipswich Town captain and caretaker manager Tony Mowbray has been appointed Coventry City’s new boss.

David McGoldrick (right) in action for Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town will still be without six injured players for tomorrow night’s Championship match at Leeds United.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages