Injury news: Daryl Murphy ruled out, but David McGoldrick is fit again for Wigan visit

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has striker David McGoldrick available again, but will be without injured 18-goal Championship top-scorer Daryl Murphy for tomorrow’s home match with Wigan Athletic.

McGoldrick has missed the last two matches with a knee injury, while Murphy suffered a calf strain during Monday’s training session – the Blues squad having been given the previous four days off following on from last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

“David McGoldrick is fine, he’s fit,” said McCarthy said. “It’s nice to have him available again, he’s been a vital part of our team ever since he walked through the door and we want him fit. We want all our players fit, but he’s one of the best.”

Regarding Murphy, he added: “Murph’s got a bit of a calf strain and unfortunately he’ll be missing.

“He can’t play, we’re not even going to try him, it’s bonkers with the games that we’ve got left that we would even think about risking him.

“He just picked it up on Monday, got a little calf strain and we’ll have to do without him.”

Midfielder Luke Hyam remains sidelined with a knee problem, while keeper Dean Gerken isn’t far off a return from his hip injury.

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Meanwhile, McCarthy reiterated that none of the club’s key players would be sold before Monday’s transfer deadline and added it was more likely that he would add to his squad in the ‘emergency’ transfer window opens.

He also confirmed that striker Paul Taylor – whose loan spell at Rotherham recently expired – has been told to stay away from the club. The £1.5m signing is out of contract in the summer.

– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.

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