Jonathan Parr injury niggle means Colchester United loanee Elliott Hewitt may be recalled by Ipswich Town
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Colchester United manager Tony Humes’ hopes of extending Ipswich Town youngster Elliott Hewitt’s loan spell may have been dashed, with Blues right-back Jonathan Parr suffering with a groin problem.
The Welsh under-21 international has not been on the losing side since signing on for a month’s stay with the U’s, and both Humes and the player have expressed their satisfaction with the move so far.
Right-back Hewitt began the season in the Blues’ first team, playing in midfield, but lost his place after the 1-0 defeat at Reading and jumped at the chance to move to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with his deal at Portman Road set to expire in the summer.
Humes, whose side host Port Vale on Saturday, has been in contact with Town boss Mick McCarthy, who only has one other fit right-back, Luke Chambers, and a decision could be made after the weekend.
“I’ve had a discussion with him (Humes) and I said ‘Jonny Parr’s just got a niggle with his groin and if he does have problems with that long-term then I’ll bring him (Hewitt) back’, if not then I’ll leave him there,” said McCarthy, whose team travel to Blackpool on Saturday, before hosting his former team, Wolves, in his hundredth game in charge of the Blues on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a 24-hour recall after Saturday which means that within 24 hours I can call him back. I’ll let him play there as long as we can.”
Meanwhile, Humes, expressed his delight at Hewitt’s impact so far, but explained the 20-year-old still had a lot of learning to do.
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“Elliott has done well for us, he is still learning and it is an opportunity for him to play week in, week out,” said the former Ipswich defender.
“He is getting a lot of football and improving his own personal experiences.
“He is very athletic and good going forward, that is the strong part of his game, and at times we have maybe had to put him on a bit of a leash to stay defensively solid (as a team).
“It’s about him learning the defensive aspects of the game at senior level, but we are pleased with him and he is improving his defending.”