Town v Coventry team news

WITH Ipswich Town losing their past three away games and Coventry City failing to win at home in six games something is likely to give at the Ricoh Stadium today.

Derek Davis

WITH Ipswich Town losing their past three away games and Coventry City failing to win at home in six games something is likely to give at the Ricoh Stadium today.

The Blues have called 15-year-old striker Connor Wickham into the first team squad travelling to Coventry City.

The Academy player has been promoted after impressing at youth and reserve team level but it is not expected he will play at the Ricoh stadium.

It is more likely the Colchester schoolboy will use the trip as a way of building up experience of being around the first team as part of his development.

Should Wickham make a first team appearance at any point before the end of the season he will beat Jason Dozzell's record as the youngest ever player after he made his debut at 16 years and 57 days.

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With David Wright a slight doubt with a hamstring strain, Dutch defender Pim Balkestein is on stand by to play left back.

Owen Garvan, Ben Thatcher and Alex Bruce are all suspended with Tommy Miller likely to return in midfield and David Norris going back out wide right with Jon Walters up front but able to slip deep.

City expect to have Maltese forward Michael Mifsud back after food poisoning and he could go in on the right side of midfield.

Leon McKenzie and Stephen Wright, who is up against Owen Garvan as the Republic of Ireland Young Player of the Year, came through a practice game on Tuesday, but manager Chris Coleman is not convinced they are ready to start and they may go on the bench.

Coventry City: Westwood, Marshall, Hall, Fox, Ward, Turner, S Wright, Wynter, Doyle, Gunnarsson, Tabb, Simpson, Clarke, Best, Walker, Eastwood, Morrison, Mifsud, McKenzie.

Ipswich Town: R Wright, Supple, D Wright, Volz, Balkestein, McAuley, Naylor, Campo, Shumulikoski, Miller, Norris, Walters, Quinn, Ambrose, Lisbie, Counago, Stead, Wickham.