Ipswich Town v Blackpool: Ebanks-Blake, Hyam and Taylor passed fit for Blues

Terry Connor

Terry Connor - Credit: Archant

Ipswich v Blackpool: Ipswich Town trio Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Luke Hyam and Paul Taylor have all been passed fit for the Blues’ Championship clash at home to Blackpool tomorrow.

Former Wolves striker Ebanks-Blake has not featured for Town since damaging his hamstring on his debut, in the FA Cup, against Preston last month, while Hyam has not featured since the 1-0 defeat at Millwall on January 18, the midfielder being stretchered off with a leg injury.

As for Taylor, the £1.5m signing from Peterborough, missed out completely at Barnsley last week with toothache, but he is in contention for a place in Mick McCarthy’s 18-man squad against the Tangerines.

Assistant manager Terry Connor, speaking at this afternoon’s press conference, said: “Luke and Sylvan are in the squad for tomorrow’s game.

“They have had a good week’s training with the rest of the group and come through that, and each day they have got better and better.

“For Luke, with his knee cut as bad as it was, it’s been more a case of rest and recuperation, while Sylvan has trained for the best part of 10 days.

“Paul Taylor had toothache at Barnsley and as anyone knows, that’s not the best thing to have, but he was back on Monday and has trained the rest of the week.”

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Tomorrow’s opponents come to Suffolk having recorded just one league and cup win in their previous 17 games, but have brought in eight new signings, including former Wolves striker Andy Keogh and Crystal Palace forward Stephen Dobbie (both loans), in the last couple of weeks and Connor insists Town must be on their guard.

“We had Andy Keogh at Wolves, while Stephen Dobbie has been a thorn in our side in the past,” he said.

“They are good Championship players and we will have to be on our game. It does not matter if it’s Leicester at the top or Yeovil at the bottom, the Championship is very competitive and you have to keep your standards high.”

See tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times for a three-page preview of Town’s clash with Blackpool.

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