INJURY NEWS: Ipswich Town still without six players for tomorrow night’s game at Leeds United

David McGoldrick (right) in action for Ipswich Town.

David McGoldrick (right) in action for Ipswich Town. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town will still be without six injured players for tomorrow night’s Championship match at Leeds United.

Strikers David McGoldrick (thigh) and Noel Hunt (knee), midfielders Teddy Bishop (ankle), Luke Hyam (knee), Stephen Hunt and Darren Ambrose (both hamstring) are all still in the treatment room ahead of the game at Elland Road (7.45pm).

“We’re hoping Teddy will be okay for Saturday,” said Blues boss Mick McCarthy. “He just blocked a shot in training and it opened his ankle up. That’s a real shame for him and all of us because he’s a good player.

“Noel is obviously on crutches (out for the rest of the season), Stephen’s getting back, Darren’s not fit yet, Didzy (McGoldrick) is not fit and Luke Hyam’s not fit.

“Listen, I’ll be honest; I knew Didzy was going to be longer than I said at the start. But I was trying to get strikers in on loan, so it would have been bonkers of me to announce to the whole world that I had a striker out injured for five or six weeks.

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“You’ll have to forgive me for telling a small, white porky pie there. That’s the way it is. That’s the business.

“I think Didzy will probably be looking at the Middlesbrough game (Saturday, March 14). He’s hoping to get back training quick. Will that be too soon? I don’t know. It might be after the international break (meaning he’d also miss games against Bolton and Watford).

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“And getting Luke back is proving difficult at the moment.”

With Town hosting fellow promotion rivals Brentford at Portman Road on Saturday, is McCarthy considering midweek changes following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City?

“Yes, I am,” he said. “I don’t think Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday is conducive to having the same 10 outfield players three times in a row. It’s not the biggest squad I’ve got, but it’s a good squad.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for full match preview.

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