Changes that Keane is set to make tonight
IPSWICH TOWN: Brian Murphy, Tamas Priskin, Luke Hyam, Mark Kennedy plus a couple of youngsters are set to gain a place in the Blues side for tonight’s Carling Cup third round game against Millwall at the Den tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
Manager Roy Keane has confirmed as much, and he hinted that Damien Delaney could get a call up with Reggie Lambe and Josh Carson two teenagers who have impressed him recently.
“I have no major injury concerns but we have to look at the bigger picture and I will not be taking any chances with my players’ fitness,” said Keane.
“There will be one or two changes, as we have players who are not in a position to play three games a week at the moment.
“But I’ll only bring in those who are doing well.
“With this club’s traditions I’ll not be handing out first team places for the sake of it – or because someone did well six months ago.”
Keane confirmed that striker Connor Wickham, called up for the England Under-19’s yesterday, is in his thoughts to rest and the manager added: “Jason Scotland is still searching for full match fitness while Darren O’Dea is still feeling his knee.
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“Dave Norris and Grant Leadbitter have put in good shifts all season and not missed a minute’s training this season and I’m well aware that they may not be part of the squad tonight – although they will want to be.
“Brian Murphy was our man of the match against Crewe in the previous round and he’ll certainly come in despite taking a slight knock in training on Sunday.
“And youngsters will be considered with Reggie Lambe the best of a bad bunch in the reserves last week and Josh Carson doing very well and he might be seen tonight.”
Ronan Murray has impressed up front for the Blues this season and he will also be in the mix.
And talking of Millwall, Keane said: “They had a bad day at the office on Saturday but give their opponents Watford credit. We know it will be tough.”
If Kennedy plays it will be against his former club – being sold to Liverpool for �1.2million while still a teenager, and if Leadbitter makes an appearance it will be his 50th Town game including two substitute appearances and four goals.
Gareth McAuley became the first player to play 50 games for club under Roy Keane against QPR last week.
Tonight’s likely squads
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Craig, Henry, Abdou, Trotter, Schofield, Morison, Harris, Mkandawire, Smith, Barron, Hackett, Mildenhall, Batt.
Ipswich: Murphy; Eastman, McAuley, Smith, Delaney, Kennedy, Edwards, Lambe, Peters, Hyam, Healy, Leadbitter, Norris, Murray, Priskin, Fulop, Scotland, Brown, Carson, Ainsley, Townsend, O’Dea, Wickham.
Referee: Mr A D’Urso (Essex)