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U’s have ‘fully-fit squad’ ahead of Magpies clash

PUBLISHED: 14:49 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 02 August 2018

Luke Norris, in action in pre-season, has overcome a niggling groin injury ahead of the trip to Notts County. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Luke Norris, in action in pre-season, has overcome a niggling groin injury ahead of the trip to Notts County. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has revealed that he has a “fully-fit squad” at his disposal for this weekend’s League Two opener away at Notts County.

Speaking at this lunchtime’s press conference, at the U’s training headquarters at Florence Park, boss John McGreal enthused: “Everyone is buzzing, and we are all excited.

“Notts County are one the favourites to get promoted, and to even win the league, so this is a good test for us.

“Pre-season went very well, but the proof is in the pudding once the league gets going.

“We have a very intense first two or three months, when I think we have about 16 to 18 games inside those three months.

“But we have a lot of bodies in the squad, and the younger lads have also had game-time and are ready to be called up if necessary.

“We have got all the players that we want, since the end of last season, and I also have a fully-fit squad, which is very good news,” added McGreal.

Only summer signing, Luke Norris, has been struggling for fitness. Recruited from Swindon, striker Norris has now fully recovered from a shoulder operation (underwent in April) and has since shrugged off a niggling groin injury.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

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