Christophe Berra and David McGoldrick likely to feature for Ipswich Town at Cambridge United
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Christophe Berra and David McGoldrick could make their first pre-season appearances for Ipswich Town at League Two Cambridge United tomorrow night.
Town’s pre-season started three weeks ago, but Scotland defender Berra and Republic of Ireland front pair, McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy were afforded another fortnight’s rest as a result of their international excursions post-season.
Last season’s 27-goal top scorer Murphy is unlikely to be fielded against Richard Money’s side, but Berra and McGoldrick are likely to be given 45-minute run-outs.
Jonathan Parr is touch and go with a slight thigh problem picked up in Ireland and will not be risked by manager Mick McCarthy should he not be 100%.
The out-of-favour Cameron Stewart, a surprise inclusion for Town’s trip to Dusseldorf, having been omitted from the trip to Ireland, could get some more minutes under his belt, as could highly-rated youngster Kundai Benyu.
Skipper Luke Chambers is looking forward to tomorrow’s test against a side who took Manchester United to a replay in the FA Cup last season, but insists the players’ fitness is the priority right now.
“It was good to get another run out on the grass and we’re looking at minutes on the pitch right now, rather than results,” Chambers told the Town website.
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“Fortuna are good side and they were obviously ahead of us in terms of fitness, as they start their season next week.
“So they had a full strength side out but it was a good test for a few of our younger lads to go up against that and I thought the boys did well.
“It’s about getting the fitness back at this stage and we’ve got another test on Tuesday against Cambridge, which again will be good to get some more minutes under our belts.”
Cambridge played two 60 minute encounters at home to Norwich on Friday night, drawing the first game 1-1 and losing the second 2-0.
SQUAD: Bialkowski, Gerken, Hammond, Kenlock, Chambers, Clarke, Yorwerth, Smith, Berra, Emmanuel, McDonnell, Connolly, Skuse, Henshall, Tabb, Maitland-Niles, Bru, Fraser, Stewart, Bishop, Benyu, McGoldrick, Sears, Pitman