Adeyemi still sidelined, Huws in contention and Bishop ‘nowhere near’ first team return
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Ipswich Town have be dealt another midfield injury blow with the news Tom Adeyemi is set to miss at least the next four games due to a hamstring problem.
The former Cardiff midfielder has only made five appearances since joining the Blues in the summer, initially struggling with illness before his hamstring trouble, and is now set to be out until the Blues face Nottingham Forest on December 2.
Emyr Huws is in contention to be involved in the Blues upcoming run of games but is short of match fitness, while McCarthy described Teddy Bishop as being ‘nowhere near’ ready for a first team return despite playing his first 45 minutes of the season for the Under 23s last week.
There is some relief for McCarthy, though, with Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick both available having nursed injuries during the international break, but Tommy Smith will not be considered given he only returns from New Zealand duty on Friday morning.
“Tom (Adeyemi) is not in contention. “I asked him today and he said ‘probably Forest’,” McCarthy said when asked about Adeyemi’s fitness.
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“Skusey’s fine, he took a real heavy knock and afterwards he left with a brace on his leg which made it look far worse than what it’s turned out to be,” he said.
“He is durable and plays games, which remains the same thankfully.”
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“It’s good to have Emyr back,” the Ipswich boss said. “He and Teddy both trained with us this week and to have them back getting into contention to play is great.
“We have a busy couple of weeks but certainly Emyr should be in contention for those games. Teddy, we will wait and see, but his standards when he trains with us is just terrific.
“Just 45 minutes for the under 23s does not constitute him being anywhere near the first team. He will need more football and more training to get him toughened up and game ready to show off his ability. There is no way we can rush him back into it.”
McGoldrick’s groin injury saw him miss out on Ireland’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to reach the World Cup, but McCarthy insisted that issue can be managed.
MORE: Bru insists he will give his all for Ipswich after revealing failed Toulouse move“That’s been ongoing for a while but he’s ok, it’s a niggle, nothing major, but if it gets anywhere above that then he can’t play,” McCarthy said.
“We’ve looked after him during the international break and he should be fine for Saturday.”
Saturday will come too soon for Smith, given he has covered more than 20,000 miles in the air as part of New Zealand’s World Cup play-off with Peru.
“Matt Byard (physio) has been speaking to him. That’s who the players generally speak to about their injuries and then they report to me.
“He won’t be in contention for Saturday. He doesn’t report back here until Friday morning so I think, irrespective of his injury, he won’t play.
“Having flown to New Zealand, to Peru and then back is probably not the preparation you would want.”
There is still no timeframe on Luke Hyam’s potential return to action, following knee surgery in September.
McCarthy said: “Sadly he’s still in the treatment room, he’s not on the pitch yet. I don’t know when he’ll be back.”