David McGoldrick the latest Ipswich Town player to be affected by illness

David McGoldrick is the latest player in the Ipswich Town camp to pick up an illness bug. Photo PAGE

David McGoldrick is the latest player in the Ipswich Town camp to pick up an illness bug. Photo PAGEPIX

David McGoldrick is the latest player to be hit by the illness bug which has swept through the Ipswich Town camp.

The front man is absent from the squad which is at Charlton this afternoon for the final friendly game of the summer ahead of next Saturday’s Championship opener against Birmingham City at Portman Road.

Manchester City loan winger Bersant Celina was the first player to be affected earlier in the summer, with manager Mick McCarthy, Tom Adeyemi, Cole Skuse and Bartosz Bialkowski having all picked up the illness at one stage or another.

Celina and Adeyemi are both still struggling, and not at The Valley today, while Emyr Huws (Achilles), Teddy Bishop (groin) and Luke Hyam (ankle) all remain sidelined.

That leaves McCarthy with just one fit experienced central midfielder in Skuse and two fit senior strikers in Joe Garner and Freddie Sears.

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Jonas Knudsen has been preferred to Myles Kenlock at left-back today, while Jordan Spence starts ahead of Dominic Iorfa at right-back. Tommy Smith partners Luke Chambers in the heart of defence, with Adam Webster still getting up to speed following an ankle problem.

Flynn Downes, 18, gets another chance to impress in the middle.

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IPSWICH TOWN: Bialkowski; Spence, Chambers (cpt), Smith, Knudsen; Ward, Skuse, Downes, Rowe; Sears, Garner.

Subs: Gerken, Iorfa, Kenlock, Webster, Bru, Dozzell, Nydam, McKendry, Folami, Patterson.

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