Luke Hyam the only player sidelined for Leeds United visit

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has a virtually fully fit squad to select from again ahead of tomorrow’s Championship clash with Leeds United at Portman Road.

Luke Hyam (Achilles) remains sidelined, but centre-back Christophe Berra is available again following a one-match suspension, while midfielders Kevin Bru and Teddy Bishop have both recovered from ankle and hip injuries respectively.

Jay Tabb and Cole Skuse started in the centre of midfield for last weekend’s 1-0 win at Charlton, McCarthy saying: “I’ve got loads of them (midfielders) this week! We were looking quite strong in that position and then suddenly we were down to two of them. I kept looking around at the bench and seeing if there was a midfield player there – but there wasn’t!

“They’ll all fit again now though, except for Luke Hyam. He injured his Achilles last week and it’s still a bit tender. He should be okay for Bolton (next Saturday). I think he was hoping to be fit for this week, but I just said to him ‘I’m not going to consider you – just get yourself right’.

“He was still having treatment yesterday and said to me this morning ‘you’re right, I wouldn’t have been ready’. We’ve just taken him out of the firing line and if he’s right for Bolton I’ll be delighted.”


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Jonathan Parr could well drop out of the side to accommodate Berra’s return, with skipper Luke Chambers returning to right-back.

“When they are all fit I have a decision to make, but it’s not a difficult decision putting Christophe Berra back in, that’s for sure,” said McCarthy.

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On the possibility of injured loanee Jonny Williams (thigh) returning before his temporary switch from Crystal Palace expires, the Blues boss said: “I hope so. I think his loan runs until the Charlton game (December 28) and if he’s fit and okay before then we’d love to have him back, but at the moment he’s still out. He’s back running a bit, so we’ll see. We’ll just monitor that.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.

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