Lisbie is new injury worry for Blues

IPSWICH Town are sweating on the fitness of former Norwich City striker Kevin Lisbie ahead of Sunday's derby match.

Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town are sweating on the fitness of former Norwich City striker Kevin Lisbie ahead of Sunday's derby match.

The ex-Colchester United striker, who spent a loan spell at Carrow Road while at Charlton, picked up a dead leg in the 1-1 draw at Bristol City and is being rated a doubt for the game at Portman Road.

Jon Stead is fit though after coming back from a sore back.

Blues skipper Gareth McAuley is making good progress from his hamstring problem but Town won't know until after a training session on Saturday whether he will be considered.

Jon Walters is a massive doubt with ankle ligament damage as is David Wright who has pulled a hamstring.

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Town physio Matt Byard said: "Jon had a scan on Tuesday and there are indications of bone bruising.

"We've had discussions with a specialist and will see how Jon progresses over the next two days. He has not been ruled out for the derby. It will probably come down to how he feels, maybe as late as the morning of the match.

"We will make a late decision on Gareth as well. He's had two good days of light training and we will step that up on Friday. He is scheduled to train fully on Saturday and we will see how he is from there.

"Kevin has been responding to treatment for a dead leg and hopefully he will be back in full training on Saturday."

Despite a hernia operation performed in Munich last month, Moritz Volz is still experiencing groin problems and is a doubt to return to action for the rest of this season after suffering a reaction at Sheffield United.

Norwich City have no new injury worries as City boss Bryan Gunn has been blessed with a touch of at just the right time, with only long-term absentees defender Dejan Stefanovic (knee), midfielder Wes Hoolahan (ankle) and striker Carl Cort (foot) sidelined.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand went off with a calf injury in the closing stages of the 2-0 Easter Monday victory over Watford, but should return to training today.

Gunn said: “Ryan came in for some treatment on Tuesday. I don't think the knock on the calf is going to cause him any problems.

“He got an injury in the first minute against Swansea and battled through the game with that and was fit for Monday.

“So he will be with the physio for a couple of days and we hope to have him back on the training pitch on Friday. If not, we'll give him right up to kick-off.

“David Mooney came in with a dead leg after the Swansea game and has been in to see the physio but he'll be fine.

“Touch wood, it's fairly good on the injury front at the moment.”