De Vos a doubt for QPR clash

IPSWICH Town captain Jason De Vos is a doubt for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship game at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers.The former Canadian international central defender felt a twinge in his knee while training and is resting until tomorrow.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town captain Jason De Vos is a doubt for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship game at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers.

The former Canadian international central defender felt a twinge in his knee while training and is resting until tomorrow.

De Vos has a history of playing through the pain barrier and Blues' manager Jim Magilton is hopeful that the commanding figure can take his place in the team.

Magilton said today: “Jason missed training yesterday and he will also sit out today.

“We will look at him tomorrow and see where he stands but I am hopeful that he will be proved okay.

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“It takes something pretty drastic to keep Jason off the pitch.

“But if that is the case we have Alex Bruce and also Chris Casement ready to come in, with Alex forming a formidable partnership with Fabian Wilnis at the end of last season.”

Magilton confirmed that he has Saturday's side already in his head but he must wait until Bruce returns from Republic of Ireland duties along with under 21 players Owen Garvan and Billy Clarke.

Garvan and Clarke played for the Irish Under 21s in their 3-0 defeat against England last night with Magilton adding: “England won comfortably but both Owen and Billy did well.

“We will see how they are when they return and we resume normal training tomorrow.

“I have Saturday's team in my head and there may be one or two broken hearts.”

And talking about the importance of gaining their first away victory of the season against QPR, Magilton said: “We all believe we are capable of beating anybody and getting into the top six.

“Once you get into that position in all honesty it can be difficult to get out of this.

“I believe we can, and more importantly I know that the players do as well.”

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