Five players ruled out for Wolves visit, Elliott Hewitt recalled from Colchester United
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Ipswich Town will be without five first team players for tomorrow evening’s Championship visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Mick Mccarthy recalling right-back Elliott Hewitt from his loan spell at Colchester United as a result.
Full-back Jonathan Parr (groin) and midfielder Jonny Williams (ankle) remain sidelined, while keeper Dean Gerken and midfield duo Cole Skuse and Teddy Bishop (all groin) have been ruled out with the injuries they suffered prior to and during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Blackpool.
As a result, McCarthy has recalled right-back Hewitt from his loan spell at Essex neighbours Colchester United, the 20-year-old having made six appearances for the League One side.
“Elliott’s back because Jonny Parr’s still injured,” said McCarthy. “We’ve got no real full-back cover, even more so because Skusey could have covered at right-back and he’s still injured.
“We’ve got Jonny Parr, Skusey, Jonny Williams, Gerks and Teddy Bishop all out.
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“Teddy’s improved, it was fatigue as much as anything, but he’s got a tight groin and there’s no way I’m going to risk him. So we’ve got five of them out.
“Now we’ll see if we can play at the same level of intensity with the ones that will come in. I don’t see why not.”
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It means that Bartosz Bialkowski will continue to deputise in goal, having been handed his Blues league debut at late notice at Bloomfield Road after Gerken injured his groin in the warm-up.
Whether Hewitt or Luke Chambers plays at right-back remains to be seen, while the fit-again Kevin Bru looks the most likely candidate to replace Bishop in midfield.
Cameron Stewart and Jack Collison are both playing for the Under-21 side in a game against QPR at Playford Road this afternoon as they continue their recoveries from injury.
On those two, McCarthy said: “They’re not in my thoughts for tomorrow night because they’re both playing today. I’ll have a look at them, maybe give them half a game today and consider them as subs for tomorrow.
“Jack’s fitness stats were good in the last game and Cameron’s just not got himself back to the level of fitness, power and strength that are required to get in the team. But he’s getting there. He’s putting in extra training.
“Listen, I need them all fully fit.”
Other midfield options are Paul Anderson, Jay Tabb and Darren Ambrose, the latter having been signed on a short-term contract just like Collison.
“It was important that we took those just to give us that bit more strength,” admitted McCarthy. “It looks as though we’re going to need them.”
– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.