Out of the Cup and a weekend off!

IPSWICH Town are set for a blank Saturday on February 13 as their scheduled visitors to Portman Road - Cardiff City - will be involved in an FA Cup fifth round tie that weekend.

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IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues are set for a blank Saturday on February 13 as their scheduled visitors to Portman Road - Cardiff City - will be involved in an FA Cup fifth round tie that weekend.

On Saturday, Town loanee Liam Trotter made his second appearance for Millwall in their 1-0 win over Oldham while Tommy Smith was also in League One action - unable to stop Brentford from losing 1-0 at Norwich City.

Kevin Lisbie came on in the 74th minute as Colchester drew 0-0 at Gillingham while Colin Healy was involved in Falkirk's Scottish Premier League game against Dundee United yesterday.

Town manager Roy Keane is reported to have failed in a bid last week to bring Hull City's Kevin Kilbane to Portman Road on loan until the end of the season.

The Irish international left-back or left midfielder looks set for a move to Celtic or Bolton - clubs with a more realistic chance to meet his wages.

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