Ingimarsson moves closer to Blues’ first team comeback

IVAR Ingimarsson will today play for the Blues in a behind closed doors training match in a bid to push himself back into Paul Jewell’s plans.

The Icelandic international centre back, inset top, has missed Town’s last six matches after an impressive league debut in the 3-0 opening day win at Bristol City.

And although he was fit to face Blackpool at the weekend, Jewell opted for caution believing the 34-year-old would be better served playing against Peterborough this afternoon.

Assistant manager Chris Hutchings said: “Although he trained all last week, we just felt he needed a game under his belt. And with Danny Collins coming in (before Blackpool), that made up our mind to give Ivar that extra bit of time.

“Once he has a match under his belt, he will be in contention for Monday’s match against Coventry.”

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Presuming he comes through today’s training match with flying colours, Ingimarsson will give Jewell a welcome headache – vying for selection alongside Ibrahima Sonko, Collins and Damien Delaney.

Hutchings, inset below, said: “We have got four centre backs so there is good competition for places and it means that those who have the shirt have to work hard to make sure they keep it.”

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And of new signing Collins, Hutchings added: “You can see what he brings to the football club. He is a tough defender, good in the air and he can actually pass the ball out of defence as well. We are very pleased to have him on board and hopefully we can go from strength to strength.”

Arran Lee-Barrett is another who is expected to start against Peterborough alongside the likes of Nathan Ellington, Luke Hyam and Tommy Smith.

Meanwhile, the club have revealed that some of their training matches this season, played instead of the more traditional reserves games, will be made open to the public.

A spokesman said: “The club will be playing training games through the season at the training ground. Some of these will remain behind closed doors for a number of reasons, including at the opposition’s request.

“Where both clubs agree though, the games will be open to the general public. Details of matches that can be attended will be published on the club website the day prior to kick-off.”

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