Waghorn or Garner? McCarthy has a tough call to make for Middlesbrough

Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn are both vying to start at Middlesbrough. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn are both vying to start at Middlesbrough. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has a decision to make.

The return of Joe Garner from injury means McCarthy faces a choice - bring Garner straight back into the side or continue with Martyn Waghorn as a central striker following two impressive performances against Derby and Nottingham Forest.

McCarthy is pleased to have Garner available again after missing the last two games with a foot injury, but was also supremely impressed with Waghorn’s performances when he was played in a central role.

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“I have,” McCarthy said, when asked whether he has a tough call to make.

“He’s been great hasn’t he (Waghorn)? He’s done everything that Joe had done in terms of being a physical presence.


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“If we are playing that one up front at least we know we’ve got two of them now who can do it pretty comfortably, which is great. They can play together or play on their own.”

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Of Garner’s return, McCarthy said: “Joe has trained - he trained yesterday and trained fully today and got involved with the ball,” McCarthy said.

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“He’s done everything we’ve wanted him to do so he’s travelling, he’s in the squad.

“Thankfully we didn’t miss him. I get those questions every week and, every time, I say I hope we don’t and we haven’t. It’s damn good to have him back, though.”

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