Daryl Murphy and Jonny Williams both pick up injuries on international duty
Ipswich Town will assess the fitness of key duo Daryl Murphy and Jonny Williams ahead of Saturday’s Championship visit of Blackburn Rovers after both picked up knocks playing for their international sides over the weekend.
Williams – back on loan from Crystal Palace until December 30 as it stands – suffered an ankle injury while playing for Wales in Friday night’s 0-0 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Cardiff. The 21-year-old midfielder will not feature in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus, in Cardiff, as a result.
“Jonny’s not going to be available,” said Wales manager Chris Coleman. “We were worried on Friday night because we didn’t expect him to last 90 minutes as he lacked games at domestic level.
“There were two or three heavy challenges on him and it has unfortunately paid its price.
“He’s a gutsy player and greedy on the pitch — he’s not afraid to go right at the heart of the opposition. He’s very positive in his play.”
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Meanwhile, Murphy – who has scored six goals in 11 games for Town this season – will be assessed by Republic of Ireland physios today after tweaking an Achilles tendon during Saturday’s 7-0 win over Gibraltar in Dublin.
The 31-year-old striker came on as a 63rd minute substitute in that match to win his 13th cap. He is now a doubt for tomorrow night’s match against world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen.
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“He has played, very, very well indeed,” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill said last week. “I have watched him a number of times now.
“I think that I have been following him around, I’ve almost been stalking him at the moment. He has played very well and got plenty of confidence.
“Speaking to him he feels he is playing in his right position at the centre-forward. He did have a spell, maybe a season and a half or two seasons ago, out wide left but he feels more comfortable up there and he has played exceptionally, exceptionally well.”
Christophe Berra is Town’s other player away on international duty. The 29-year-old centre-back didn’t make the bench for Scotland when they beat Georgia 1-0 at Ibrox on Saturday. Scotland face Poland, in Warsaw, tomorrow night.
Regards Town’s players currently out on loan, right-back Elliott Hewitt made an impressive league debut for Colchester United as the League One side beat Fleetwood 2-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Jack Marriott played the first 77 minutes but wasn’t on the scoresheet as Woking won 3-0 away against 10-man Altrincham in the Vanarama Conference.
Frank Nouble (Coventry) and Freddie Veseli (Port Vale) are still sidelined with groin and rib injuries respectively.
Ipswich Town’s Under-21 side face Barnsley at Portman Road tonight (7pm).