Big Ipswich Town day ahead for Civelli and Peters
LUCIANO Civelli and Jaime Peters may have contracts that take them beyond the summer, but both will know more about their long-term future at Portman Road when manager Paul Jewell selects his Ipswich Town side for the Championship game at Turf Moor against Burnley tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Both were overlooked when Jewell took 17-year-old Josh Carson out of nowhere to make his senior debut in Ipswich Town’s last game on March 19.
Northern Ireland youth international Carson is set to keep his place for the game against promotion-chasing Burnley, and the manager has suggested that he will give younger players an opportunity to show what they can do before the end of the season.
Civelli, who is a big favourite with Town fans, has a contract that takes him to June 2012. He has not started a first team match since suffering a serious knee injury two years ago although has been a regular substitute since Jewell arrived in January.
The Argentinean was dropped from the squad for the visit of Scunthorpe, but now that Tamas Priskin and Tommy Smith have moved out on loan and with Lee Martin starting a two-match ban he will be looking for a return to the squad tomorrow.
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If not it might well be taken that Jewell does not fancy the left sided player and would listen to offers for him in the summer.
Town’s longest serving player Peters looked sound at right back this season during Roy Keane’s tenure, but the Canadian international has only made one league start under Jewell – his first match in charge at Millwall.
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The 23-year-old from Ontario started life as a winger and would appear to be an ideal speedy replacement for Martin on the flank although Andy Drury will come into serious consideration.
If Peters is overlooked at Burnley, his days at Ipswich could be numbered with Jewell possibly making him available to move in the close season.
“It’s possible I’ll bring in some younger players before the end of the season,” said Jewell, who has already confirmed that Carson is set to keep his place tomorrow.
“”There might be one or two who will get their opportunity.
“But we want to finish as high as we can and we owe it to everyone else in the league to get results.”
Jewell has 21 players out of contract in June so has plenty of slack with which to re-build a squad that will make an impression next term.
He was happy for Priskin and Smith to go on loan, and added: “If we were in a relegation fight or in a promotion battle it might have been different.
“But Tamas has hardly been prolific for us with five goals in 49 league appearances.”
While Smith, who is also contacted beyond this summer, is expected to be in Jewell’s plans for next season, the Hungarian international that cost Town �1.7million in August 2009 is apparently not.
Jewell added: “Tamas worked well with manager Brendon Rodgers at Watford and good luck to him it might work out the same at Swansea and turn into something permanent.
“When the interest came in he was happy to go.”
On-loan Kieron Dyer, who is eligible for just two more games before returning to West Ham, has been training with physios and fitness trainers after suffering a thigh problem before the Scunthorpe game with Jewell saying:
“There is a chance he can come into consideration for selection. And fingers crossed our international players will come back with no problems.”
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