Return of the wide boys? Martin and Carson backed by boss
IPSWICH Town winger Lee Martin could be given a second shot at redemption tomorrow.
Having been sent out on loan to League One side Charlton by former boss Roy Keane, Martin was reintroduced to the first team to good effect by manager Paul Jewell earlier this year.
A red-card in the 7-1 defeat at Peterborough saw him banished to the youth team for a week by his angry manager though, before a bout of tonsillitis and an eye injury set him further back.
Now, with Lee Bowyer ruled out of tomorrow’s Championship visit of struggling Doncaster Rovers due to hamstring and back problems, a midfield place is up for grabs.
“Lee Martin deserves a lot of credit,” said Jewell. “I was very disappointed with him (after the red-card) and I told him and the whole world about it. He’s taken his punishment though, worked very hard and if he gets the call he’ll certainly be ready.”
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The Blues’ lack of wide options has been shown up in recent weeks, with back-to-back defeats bringing an abrupt end to an impressive six-game unbeaten streak.
Another winger who could come back into the fold would be Josh Carson, with Jewell admitting that he has been ‘really, really impressed’ with the Northern Irish youngster in recent weeks.
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There is also the possibility of forgotten duo Tamas Priskin and Tommy Smith making the bench as centre-backs Ibrahima Sonko (hamstring) and Damien Delaney (foot) have both been ruled out, while front men Daryl Murphy (hamstring) and Nathan Ellington (calf) will require late fitness tests.
“Tamas’ attitude has always been right,” said Jewell, having watched his Hungarian international win and score a penalty in Tuesday’s 2-1 reserve team defeat to Arsenal.
“Football changes very quickly. Results change, people get injured and players can quickly come back into the fold.
“There may well be an opportunity for some players that haven’t been involved with the first team of late. It’s up to them to try and take it.”
– See tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star for full match preview.