TEAM NEWS: Cole Skuse is fit to face Leeds United

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse - Credit: Archant

Ipswich v Leeds: Cole Skuse has been passed fit for tomorrow’s visit of Leeds United to Portman Road.

The midfield playmaker has been Town’s most impressive player in the opening four games of the new campaign following his summer Bosman switch from Bristol City, with manager Mick McCarthy having already said he may turn into one of the Championship signings of the season.

The 27-year-old fell awkwardly on his ankle in the first half of last weekend’s 1-0 loss at QPR and was forced off at half-time with the problem, missing training at the start of the week.

“Skusey is fine,” said McCarthy, whose side beat Millwall 3-0 at home in between narrow single goal defeats at newly-relegated duo Reading (2-1) and QPR.

“We’ve got a clean bill of health apart from Tyrone Mings (knee). Me won’t be back until after the international break.”


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Leeds boss Brian McDermott made Manchester United defender Scott Wooton his fourth summer signing in midweek, the youngster following Luke Murohy (£1m, Crewe), Noel Hunt (Reading, free) and Matt Smith (Oldham, free) through the door at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire side have lost their last four matches at Portman Road, with the visitors having a man sent off in all four of those matches. The last time they won in Suffolk was in 2001, that impressive Premiership side containing the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.

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Meanwhile, McCarthy says transfer-listed winger Josh Carson is no nearer an exit.

Speaking of the Northern Ireland Under-21 international, the Blues boss said: “He went to Notts County, played an Under-21 game for them, has come back here and now Hibs (Hibernian) are interested to have a look apparently. He is available to go from here.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview. Follow chief football writer @Stuart_Watson on Twitter for live matches updates.

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