Leadbitter back for Doncaster game
itfc: New Blues manager Paul Jewell has key midfielder Grant Leadbitter available and a near full-strength squad to select from for tomorrow’s Championship game against Doncaster Rovers at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm)
Leadbitter has completed a three-match suspension after being sent off in former manager Roy Keane’s last game against to Nottingham Forest on January 3.
Shane O’Connor and Troy Brown have recovered from injury with Jewell saying that every fit player will come under consideration and that he’ll finalise his side after training today.
Jewell says that he has faith in the squad he has inherited lifting the Blues up the table from their current precarious position. He confirmed that as things stand he’s not planning a big clear out.
Ipswich will be seeking only their second league win in 11 matches with Jewell revealing that he’s spoken to Blackburn manager Steve Kean to enquire if any of the Premier League club’s players are available.
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“Yes, we are looking to bring in one or two additions if we can and I mentioned Pascal Chimbonda to Steve Kean, but reports that we’ve made a �500,000 bid are nonsense,” said Jewell.
“I signed Pascal from French football when with Wigan, but at the moment I’ve just asked what’s available and waiting to hear back from Steve.
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“I have made lots of phone calls but you think you can be making progress and you get frustrations – just like every manager.
“The transfer window drives managers mad as we keep getting asked the same questions. It’s disrespectful to talk about individual cases until deals are done.”
Jewell says that just because he’s allowed Rory Fallon to return to Plymouth does not confirm that he’s looking for a striker.
“Plymouth are looking to sell Rory and the situation was such that we decided to let him go back,” said Jewell. “But it’s not necessarily a striker we’re looking at to bring in.”
Town fans are unlikely to see Jake Livermore again as he is set to undergo an operation and would be out for six to eight weeks and his loan from Spurs runs out next week.
Jewell says that the players’ attitudes have been terrific this week and that after taking the lead against Millwall last weekend his team became too anxious and lost some belief.
“We are working on that,” he added.
Tamas Priskin trained again yesterday after suffering a swollen ankle at the Den, and with two goals in two games, Jewell says the striker should be in confident mode while Lee Martin will be in the squad.
“Lee cost a lot of money and we’ve welcomed him back, and it’s up to him now. He’s more than happy to be back at a great football club.
“He was not in Charlton’s team last weekend, but I was going to recall him anyway. And I might bring Kevin Lisbie back from Millwall – we’ll see how it goes.”
Tomorrow’s likely squads
Ipswich Town: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Delaney, O’Dea, Kennedy, Smith, Brown, Eastman, O’Connor, Edwards, Norris, Leadbitter, C Healy, Hyam, Civelli, Martin, Wickham, Priskin, Scotland, Murray, Lee-Barrett.
Doncaster: Sullivan, Lockwood, Kilgallon, O’Connor, Friend, Wilson, Coppinger, Oster, Hayter, Woods, Hird, Brooker, Sharp, Chambers, Shiels, Souza, Woods, Keegan, Webster, Fairhurst, D Healy,
Referee: Mr M Brown (East Yorkshire)
Ipswich home league record against Doncaster Rovers
P4 W2 D1 L1 F9 A5