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Mick McCarthy considers return to wing-backs with skipper Luke Chambers fit again

PUBLISHED: 18:22 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:22 15 September 2017

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has missed the last three league games through injury. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has missed the last three league games through injury. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes his team have missed Luke Chambers’ leadership in recent weeks.

The Blues skipper will return to action tomorrow, going straight into the starting XI for the Championship visit of rock-bottom Bolton little more than a month after he suffered ankle ligament damage in the 4-3 win at Millwall.

Chambers was the only Championship outfield player to be on the field for every minute of every league game last season, but has missed the recent matches against Brentford (2-0 home win), Fulham (2-0 home defeat) and QPR (2-1 away defeat).

In his absence a makeshift defence made up entirely of full-backs has battled, but lacked a little cohesion and chemistry.

“I’m delighted to have Chambo back,” said McCarthy, who has named Cole Skuse as the stand-in skipper. “I think we’d have had a far better chance of getting back in that game at QPR if he had been playing, just with that leadership that he brings and what he demands from people. That was lacking after the second goal went in and that’s disappointing.”

Everton loanee Callum Connolly and Jonas Knudsen were the full-backs last weekend, with Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa filling in at centre-back. Myles Kenlock was on the bench.

“I’ve got six defenders now, but there’s no tough call putting Chambo back in,” said McCarthy.

With Wolves loanee Iorfa having played right-back and centre-back, the Blues boss added: “It’s nice that he’s got that ability to play both. He’s done well at full-back, to be quite honest, when he’s played. I think that his height and his blistering pace will always be an asset as a centre-back. At some stage in his career he’ll have to find out which he wants to do and stick to it.”

Asked if he might play three at the back again at some stage, McCarthy replied: “Yes. I thought we played very, very well in the first game (1-0 home win against Birmingham) with it. That was as solid, composed and organised as we’ve been. We went to Luton and did the same, then we were wide open against Barnsley’s 4-3-3 and looked like we were going to get beaten until I went 4-4-2.

“We’ve got to have versatility as a team, not just a couple of players being versatile.”

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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