Loan duo not wanted for cup campaign

LOAN players Billy Clarke (Darlington) and Matt Richards (Brighton) have been given the go-ahead by Ipswich to play in the FA Cup this weekend.

Elvin King

LOAN players Billy Clarke (Darlington) and Matt Richards (Brighton) have been given the go-ahead by Ipswich to play in the FA Cup this weekend.

But other loaned players - Dan Harding (Southend), Liam Trotter (Grimsby) and Dean Bowditch (Brentford) - have been told they can't play, which leaves them free to play for the Blues in a later round.

Harding, who is suffering with a hamstring problem at the moment and is on loan at Roots Hall until January, has praised Shrimpers staff for supporting him following the death of his mother.

The 24-year-old said: “The gaffer, players and backroom staff have been superb in supporting me and I want to thank them as they have helped me through a difficult period.”

With a ban on loan moves coming in later this month to run until January 1, Ipswich still have the likes of Darren Ambrose and Adam Johnson on their radar, and they will be keeping taps on the Hermann Hreidarsson situation with the Icelandic international hoping to leave Portsmouth in the New Year.

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Ivan Campo will not be joining Charlton. Alan Pardew, the Addicks boss, did discuss the Spanish international with Town boss Jim Magilton after the Londoners visit to Portman Road last week. But it went no further.

Magilton said: “Ivan is still very much part of what we are trying to achieve here. At the moment he is finding it difficult to get into the side but that can all change so he is very much part of the plans.”

Town defender Chris Casement has been called into the Northern Ireland U21 squad for a friendly against Scotland on Tuesday, November 18.

The match is being played at Hamilton Academical's New Douglas Park, where he is currently on a half-season loan.