Town set to make two changes at Doncaster
IPSWICH TOWN: Blues boss Paul Jewell is set to make two changes when his team takes on Doncaster Rovers in the npower Championship at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
Colin Healy will replace the injured David Norris with Jason Scotland expected to take the place of Tamas Priskin or Connor Wickham up front.
Jewell has kept an unchanged side for the previous three games and said: “I’m not a great believer in making wholesale changes.
“But with David Norris out Colin Healy will come in and there is a possibility that Jason Scotland might start after his goal at Doncaster on Saturday.
“I like players playing, but we have a lot of games in a short space of time and with a lot of travelling with some on international duty last week it can be best to switch things around a bit.”
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Norris underwent a scan yesterday afternoon after limping off early on Saturday and Jewell said that the midfielder’s knee and ankle were very sore on Sunday.
“Things were a lot easier yesterday,” added Jewell. “And Chuck is a quick healer but he looks like being out for the immediate future at least.”
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And talking of Scotland, who is the subject of interest from fellow Championship club Swansea, Jewell went on: “I’d be delighted to be talking at the end of the season about how many goals Jason has scored for us.
“He might well get his chance to start at Doncaster after scoring a good goal at the weekend.”
Grant Leadbitter took over the arm band from Norris after the regular skipper had his left leg stretched following a tackle by a Barnsley player in the ninth minute and had to call it a day after valiantly trying to carry on for a further five minutes.
But Jewel said that he was going to sleep on who would toss up the coin tonight.
“I did not know who took over the arm band on Saturday,” explained Jewell. “It is not important so much these days although of course it is an honour.
“Some players can be vocal and ‘lead’ without wearing the band, and hopefully it will be passed on only briefly and that Chuck will be fit again soon.”
One player Jewell said wouldn’t be getting the call is Jimmy Bullard, with the manager revealing:
“Jimmy’s got no chance – he’d forget to toss up and if he did he wouldn’t be able to make his mind up between heads and tails.
“He’s a natural livewire as it is, and best to leave him to do what he does so well.”
Shane O’Connor will be missing tonight having joined the injured Brian Murphy and Alan Quinn on the unavailable list with Jewell saying that the left-sided player might need an operation.
“He has appendicitis symptoms,” said Jewell. “He’s a tough little so and so and we must wait and see whether things get cleared up by pain killers or whether he might need an operation.”
GARETH McAuley is set to make his 100th Town league appearance tonight having made 98 starts and scored five goals.