Brett Pitman could return for Ipswich Town’s derby date with Norwich City

Brett Pitman

Brett Pitman - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy could welcome back striker Brett Pitman for Sunday’s East Anglian derby with Norwich City, at Portman Road.

The former Bournemouth forward had been sidelined with a thigh injury, prior to the EFL Cup defeat at home to Stevenage, but returned to training this morning and will do so again tomorrow.

Conor Grant (groin) will not make the game but could be back to the Blues’ home game with Preston North End next Saturday.

David McGoldrick (ankle) and Luke Hyam (knee) remain out, but apart from that, McCarthy has a full-strength squad in which to choose from.

“Pits (Pitman) has trained today, it was his first day back, and will do tomorrow and should be available for selection on Sunday,” said McCarthy.

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“Conor will be Preston at best.”

He added: “Everyone else is fine after a good performance at Wolverhampton, no injuries thankfully.”

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McCarthy hinted that Jonathan Douglas could keep his place in midfield, after the former Brentford man performed well at the expense of Kevin Bru, in his first appearance of the season on Tuesday night, in the draw at Wolves.

The Blues are aiming for their first victory in an East Anglian derby since April 2009.

Since Jon Stead’s 90th-minute winner in a 3-2 victory at Portman Road, Town have lost four straight league games, conceding 12 goals in the process.

They also lost the two-legged Championship play-off semi-final in May 2015, losing 4-2 on aggregate after drawing the first-leg 1-1.

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