Michael Chopra absent from Ipswich Town’s win at Colchester United

Michael Chopra

Michael Chopra

Michael Chopra was a glaring absentee from Ipswich Town’s 22-man squad, all of whom figured during last night’s 3-0 victory at Colchester United in a pre-season friendly.

Town boss Mick McCarthy confirmed that Chopra was talking to other clubs, and a move away from Portman Road is growing increasingly likely for the striker.

By contrast, fellow striker Paul Taylor enjoyed his first outing for 10 months, following a serious knee injury – he played the final 25 minutes.

First-half goals from Luke Chambers and David McGoldrick, plus a second-half penalty by Daryl Murphy, sealed a comfortable win for the visitors.

On Chopra’s absence, McCarthy revealed after the game: “He’s talking to clubs, or talking to a club.

“I wouldn’t disclose what he (Chopra) is doing, but he is talking to a club.”

Chopra has recently been linked with both Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

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McCarthy, meanwhile, was delighted by Taylor’s return to action.

“I’m delighted to see Paul Taylor back. He is a real bag of tricks, and will be a real handful,” he said.

“It’s great to see him on the pitch. I’m delighted, but he’s more delighted than anyone.”

Colchester boss Joe Dunne was happy with his side’s display, despite the result.

“I was very pleased with the test. Ipswich fully deserved their win, but it was a good exercise for us, which is just what we needed,” confirmed Dunne.

Town have completed the signing of 18-year-old Waterford United winger, Jack Doherty on a two-year deal.