Hoyte blow for Blues

SPANISH defender Sito Castro will play for the Blues in Brian Owen's benefit match at Colchester United tomorrow night, writes Derek Davis.Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle last night confirmed that they will be taking a further look at the former Racing Ferrol full-back, full name Luis Castro Rodriguez.

SPANISH defender Sito Castro will play for the Blues in Brian Owen's benefit match at Colchester United tomorrow night, writes Derek Davis.

Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle last night confirmed that they will be taking a further look at the former Racing Ferrol full-back, full name Luis Castro Rodriguez.

Castro played in the first half at Portman Road in their 2-1 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Friday and impressed before his lack of pre-season training caught up with him towards the end.

Royle said: "Sito did quite well on Friday. He will be staying on for a while yet and will probably be involved at Colchester."

Town are also hoping to secure at least one more triallist today, with Royle expecting to hear back this morning.

The Blues are on the trail of a couple of players, at least one from abroad, including a Hungarian and a Slovenian and more than one from Premiership clubs.

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Royle said: "There are two or three players that I have spoken to people about and I'm waiting to hear back today. Hopefully, we will have at least one more player to have a look at that will be involved at Colchester."

One player unlikely to be arriving is Arsenal rising star Justin Hoyte, who Town were also linked with last year.

The Blues are among a number of Championship clubs who will be disappointed to learn that Aresene Wenger is not keen on letting the England Under-21 defender drop down a division to go out on loan. He would prefer to see him at another Premiership club, with West Ham, understood to be favourites to land him if he does go out.

Hoyte has made 16 appearances for the Gunners, including four Premiership starts and also played in the Champions' League last season against PSV.

Meanwhile, Nicky Forster is fit enough to lead the Blues attack at Layer Road tomorrow night but may not be risked.

Royle is weighing up whether to give Forster some needed match fitness after the free signing from Reading missed the past two friendlies with a thigh strain, or save him for the season opener against Cardiff City on Saturday.

With Dean Bowditch definitely ruled out for at least another week with an injured foot, Town are reluctant to risk injury to another senior striker.

Royle last night said: "Nicky is fine to play and has a chance but whether we do play him so close to Saturday is another thing."

The same will apply to central defenders Jason de Vos and Richard Naylor. The Canadian has a swollen ankle and Naylor a stiff neck after the defeat by Atletico Madrid on Friday night and, while both are expected to be okay, one or the other may not play in Brian Owen's benefit match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

The U's were given permission to field Pompey striker Lomana Lua Lua tomorrow, but that may be in doubt as he took a knock in Portsmouth's friendly with Inter Milan yesterday.

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