McCarthy considering a loan addition after left-sided injury curse strikes again

Jay Tabb leaves the pitch with an injured shoulder at Stevenage

Jay Tabb leaves the pitch with an injured shoulder at Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is considering dipping into the loan market after yet another of his left-sided players was injured last night.

For the third successive season, the Blues exited the Capital One Cup at the hands of lower league opposition, losing 2-0 at League One side Stevenage.

And to make matters worse, left-midfielder Jay Tabb landed awkwardly on his shoulder and departed the field with his arm in a makeshift sling.

He joins left-backs Aaron Cresswell (thigh) and Tyrone Mings (knee), as well as left-midfielders Anthony Wordsworth (calf) and Jack Doherty (ankle), in the treatment room heading into Saturday’s Championship visit of Millwall.

Tommy Smith had to play as a makeshift left-back last night, while Paul Anderson switched wings from the right.

Asked if he would consider bringing in a left-sided player on loan, McCarthy said: “Jay thinks he might have got away with it, but if he’s not fit then I would have to, yes, because we’d be pretty depleted.

“I don’t know if a left-sided player will sign for me on loan – maybe they’d think it’s jinxed!

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“Cressie will train Thursday with a view to playing at the weekend, but Woody (Wordsworth) is still not ready and Tyrone (Mings) is likely to be out for a month.”

McCarthy made six changes to the side which opened the campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Reading, but says he has no regrets about the starting line-up he selected.

“None whatsoever, no, not at all,” he said.

“They are first team players and have to be given a chance at some point.

“We’ve lost 2-0 at Stevenage so I can’t say that the players are knocking on the door suggesting they should be playing though.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve had good away support again (1,200 Town fans were at Broadhall Way) and we’ve not been able to get them a result.

“Listen, we’ve got Millwall on Saturday. If any enthusiasm and optimism has been pricked we need to make sure we heal that straight away.”

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