Captain fantastic – Mick McCarthy heaps praise on Carlos Edwards

Ipswich Town captain Carlos Edwards

Ipswich Town captain Carlos Edwards - Credit: Archant

IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy has heaped praise on his evergreen skipper Carlos Edwards.

The 34-year-old missed only his sixth game in two-and-half seasons last weekend when he was rested for the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

He’ll return to the right-wing for today’s match at table-toppers Cardiff City to make his 156th appearance for the club in less than four years.

Despite going through a difficult off-field time when his wife gave birth prematurely to twins last year, the Trinidadian has always continued to go about his business with a smile on his face.

And McCarthy admits he’s been impressed with his captain as the veteran attempts to earn himself another one-year contract extension with the club.


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“I gave him a break because he has been different class,” said the Blues boss.

“He has played four games in two weeks and he has been fab.

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“It was the same with Guirane N’Daw and the same with Chambo (Luke Chambers) – I could have tossed a coin between him and Tommy Smith (as to who to rest) last week. The fact Patrick (Kisnorbo) is right-footed, I played him.

“If Tyrone Mings hadn’t been cup-tied, I would have played him instead of Cressie (Aaron Cresswell) as well.

“They will feel a bit fresher going into the Cardiff game now.”

– For live match updates, follow @Stuart_Watson and @davegoods on Twitter.

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