Home debut for new boys
By Derek Davis,Chief Football WriterKEVIN Horlock will join Jason De Vos in making his home debut for Ipswich Town tomorrow.Horlock is recovering well from bruised ribs and Blues boss Joe Royle is confident the free signing from West Ham will be fit to play against Crystal Palace (12 noon kick off).
By Derek Davis,
Chief Football Writer
KEVIN Horlock will join Jason De Vos in making his home debut for Ipswich Town tomorrow.
Horlock is recovering well from bruised ribs and Blues boss Joe Royle is confident the free signing from West Ham will be fit to play against Crystal Palace (12 noon kick off).
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The game is being played at an earlier time to allow the town to clear in time for a Status Quo concert in the evening, although only about 6,000 to 8,000 are expected at the first home friendly of the pre-season.
Horlock picked up his injury during games last week but after missing the 5-1 win at Oxford will be welcomed back in the holding midfield role.
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Royle said: “We want Kevin fit. Having started a week behind the rest of the players, as he was with West Ham, he is short of match fitness. In the short time he has been with us he has proved important so we are hoping he comes through and, if he does, he will start against Palace.”
The biggest doubt is with Fabian Wilnis, who wrenched his back earlier in the week. He did some light training but Drissa Diallo could stay at right back.
Georges Santos broke his nose in the reserves' 2-1 defeat at Barnet on Wednesday and is not named in the 17-man squad.
Meanwhile, Finnish international winger Joonas Kolkka will make his Crystal Palace debut against Town tomorrow if his international clearance comes through in time.
The 29-year-old has also had spells at PSV Eindhoven and Panathinaikos and is now set to join up with his compatriot Aki Riihilahti, who has penned a new contract with the Selhurst Park club.
Kolkka, who has joined for an undisclosed fee, signed from Borussia Moenchengladbach on a three-year deal.
Eagles boss Iain Dowie sees Kolkka as the ideal replacement for Julian Gray, who left to join Birmingham last month.
It is another addition to the Palace squad ahead of the new season, which kicks off at Norwich on August 14, after Dundee goalkeeper Julian Speroni, Fulham defender Mark Hudson and Luton defender Emmerson Boyce all signed last week.
Ipswich Town squad: Davis, Price, Wilnis, Barron, Richards, Diallo, Naylor, De Vos, Horlock, Murray, Magilton, Miller, Westlake, Bent, Bowditch, Kuqi and Counago.