Out of favour five could still have future at Town

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane has not written off the Portman Road careers of five players still at the club that he placed on his summer “available” list.

Alex Bruce, Owen Garvan and Kevin Lisbie have (or are about to) move on, leaving Pablo Counago, Jon Stead, Lee Martin, Colin Healy and Alan Quinn still on the books.

Quinn is currently out with a groin injury, but the other four could feature in the game against a Tottenham XI at Portman Road today (kick-off 7.45pm).

“By my reckoning we are 14 or 15 players down on last season,“ said Keane. “I’ll continue to pick sides based on what I see from players in training and not whether they were one of those whose names were circulated as available.

“Pablo and Steady both have a good chance of featuring against Spurs and Colin Healy should be fit to be included in the squad after suffering a tight hamstring.

“Quinner has been told to rest for two weeks and we hope his injury won’t lead to an operation.”

Keane revealed that he is still to formulate his team for Saturday’s Championship opener at Middlesbrough, adding: “More youngsters are going to be involved around the first team, and I dare not take too many chances with injuries against Tottenham.

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“It’s players that pick football teams – how they show up in games and training, etc. We will have to wait and see where we end up at the weekend as far as Middlesbrough is concerned with things changing by the hour almost.

“It would be nice to bring one or two new faces in – but if not I’m comfortable with the situation. I‘d like to have another experienced keeper in by Saturday and I‘d like to button up the signing of Marton Fulop by then.”

Keane confirmed that Connor Wickham and Damien Delaney are nowhere near ready to return from their injuries.

Former Town keeper Richard Wright is training with Crystal Palace where he is working again with ex-Blues goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster while he waits to join a new club.

Garvan is expected to complete his move to the Selhurst Park-based club any time now, and he will join up with a number of other former Ipswich players in David Wright, Alan Lee, Darren Ambrose and Lewis Price, as well as manager George Burley.

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