Mick McCarthy ‘not unduly worried’ about making further Ipswich Town signings

Mick McCarthy

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he’s ‘not unduly worried’ about adding to his squad before the transfer window shuts.

The Blues boss has added eight new faces to his squad this summer – Brett Pitman, Ryan Fraser, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Jonathan Douglas, Giles Coke, Larsen Toure, Jonas Knudsen and Josh Yorwerth.

Last week he revealed he would like to bolster a thin on the ground back line with a versatile defender – Hearts teenager Jordan McGhee reportedly a target – but since then academy graduates Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock have impressed against Brentford and Stevenage respectively.

Asked if he hoped to make any more additions, he replied: “I’m not unduly worried, to be honest. I’ve got a good squad. I think both Joshes (Emmanuel and Yorwerth) and Myles coming in and doing well have boosted that. But you never know.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Bru, Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam all remain sidelined ahead of tomorrow’s Championship visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Portman Road, while Jonny Parr is back in contention.


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On Bru, who suffered cramp at Brentford before injuring his hamstring in training, McCarthy said: “Kevin still injured, he’s damaged his hamstring, he’ll certainly be two or three weeks from when he did it.

“We might be looking at after the international break with him, which is really sad because I thought he played well on Saturday. He’s had a bit of a stop-start career here just through injuries and other people getting in, and he’d sort of grabbed his opportunity, so that’s sad.”

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Parr is over the thigh problem he sustained in pre-season, but McCarthy suggests the Norwegian will be a sub at best against the Owls.

He said: “Jonny Parr’s trained with us today and he’s fit, he’s injury free, but whether he’d fit to play 90 minutes back-to-back is another matter altogether.

“But it’s difficult for him anyway, Jonas Knudsen has come in, Josh Emmanuel came in and played very well and, of course, I’ve got Christophe Berra back from suspension on Saturday.”

With Bru joining Teddy Bishop (also hamstring) and Luke Hyam (knee operation) on the sidelines, the Blues boss seems likely to call on one of his recent signings to partner Cole Skuse in the centre of midfield.

“Both Jonny Douglas and Giles Coke I thought played well and got better in the game on Tuesday (2-1 League Cup win over Stevenage),” said McCarthy.

“Like everybody else, they needed the game to get their game legs on. I thought certainly in the second half the pair of them were excellent. I wouldn’t forget Tabby (Jay Tabb) either, he’s played in there as well.”

On Hyam, who suffered another injury set-back in pre-season and had to undergo knee surgery, McCarthy said: “He’s going to be injured for four months, I would have thought, from when he had his operation, so we’re looking at October or November.

“He’s a perfect patient in how diligently he does his work. But he’s pretty depressed by it all because he’s been back twice from it. He’s really disappointed but he’s doing his work and he will be back quicker than anybody else would be because he’ll do all his work.

“He’s got Reg (Luke) Varney in there as well, I’m sure they’re doing rehab together and he’s a good character to help him along.”

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