INJURY NEWS: Chambers, Cresswell, Skuse and Murphy all fit for trip to Millwall
Millwall v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that key quartet Luke Chambers, Aaron Cresswell, Cole Skuse and Daryl Murphy will all be fit for Saturday’s game at Millwall.
Striker Murphy has missed the last two games (3-1 home defeat to QPR and 3-2 loss at Preston) with a thigh strain, while Chambers (tight hamstring), Cresswell (fluid on the knee) and Skuse (dead leg) were all rested as a precaution for the midweek FA Cup replay.
“They’re fine, they’ve all trained today,” said McCarthy. “As I explained to you and everybody else, they just had little niggling injuries and I wasn’t going to risk them at all on Tuesday night.”
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake remains sidelined with the hamstring injury he sustained 28 minutes into his Town debut in the original FA Cup match against Preston almost two weeks ago.
“He won’t be ready before the end of January that’s for sure,” said McCarthy. “He needs to get his injury right, strengthen that hamstring and then make some real progress.
“He’s got some work on to get himself really fit. If we see him in February, March, April, and can see the best of him in those months, it will be great.”
Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth trained for the first time today after being laid low by tonsillitis following his disappointing performance in the 1-1 home draw with Preston.
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“Woody has not been well since we played against Preston,” said McCarthy. “Today was the first time in two weeks he has trained with anybody. I just said to him today that he needs to have a week of training morning and afternoon to get fit.
“I don’t think he was totally up to the speed of the game when he played against Preston. He’s had a long time out.
“We’ll see with regards a loan for him. If that doesn’t happen I want him fit and available for me.”
Meanwhile, the Blues boss revealed that Carlos Edwards and Tyrone Mings both picked up knocks in Tuesday night’s defeat at Deepdale.
“Neither of them have trained today,” said the Blues boss.
“I thought Carlos was one of the real bright spots at right-back; I thought he was excellent. He got a kick above his knee, but I expect him to be okay.
“Tyrone Mings got a really nasty bang to the sole of his foot which is always a sore one. We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but I think he’ll be okay too.”
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