Town’s young guns look to earn their Spurs
IPSWICH Town’s young guns will be given a chance to shine against Tottenham in tonight’s final pre-season game at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm).
Manager Roy Keane will not be risking his main senior players, just four days before the Championship curtain-raiser at Middlesbrough.
The likes of Pablo Counago, Lee Martin and Jon Stead, none of whom figured during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham, could enjoy run-outs against Spurs, but otherwise it will be a youthful Town team on show.
Visiting Tottenham could include one or two of their World Cup stars in their squad, although the bulk of their senior side will be in action against Benfica in another friendly this evening.
Former Town loanee Giovani Dos Santos could be one of those to play at Portman Road. However, the 21-year-old Mexican, who impressed in the World Cup, has been linked with a possible glamour move to AC Milan.
Giovani has only made seven appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham, despite impressing with four goals in eight outings for Ipswich at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.
Keane is anticipating a tough test against Tottenham. The Irishman insisted: “Tottenham will have a strong side, whatever team they bring here.
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“Senior players like Pablo (Counago), Lee Martin and Steady (Stead) will come into contention, but we have to be careful because with the number of injuries we have picked up lately, we can’t afford to get anymore.”
The likes of Jack Ainsley, Reggie Lambe, Troy Brown and Billy Clark are amongst those expected to play tonight.