Guirane N’Daw missed Bolton victory for ‘personal reasons’

Ipswich v Bolton: GUIRANE N’Daw missed Ipswich Town’s 1-0 win over Bolton at Portman Road due to ‘personal reasons’, according to manager Mick McCarthy.

The Senegalese midfielder was a late withdrawal from the squad this morning, with the Blues only naming six substitutes as a result.

“Guirane wasn’t available for personal reasons apparently,” said McCarthy. “I got a call from the club secretary this morning. He’s not here so I couldn’t pick him.”

He jokingly added: “I doubt he was out down the pub because he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t drive either. I did tell him he go back to Senegal during the international break – maybe he went early!”

With 17-year-old academy player Byron Lawrence among the subs, McCarthy added: “I didn’t have another sub to put in there. I’ve got two lads who I couldn’t put on the bench because I had too many loans, Reece Brown and Aaron Mclean (rules state you can only name five domestic loanees, with Stephen Henderson, Richard Stearman, Jay Tabb, David McGoldrick and Patrick Kisnorbo selected).

“The referee did point it out. He said ‘you know you’ve only got six on the bench’ and I said ‘oh really, I hadn’t noticed that!’

“All the academy boys were up there training this morning, I had Byron Lawrence on the bench anyway, so drafting someone else in wasn’t going to help me.”