Murphy and Bishop out, but Dozzell will travel with Ipswich Town squad to Sheffield Wednesday
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Daryl Murphy remains sidelined for Ipswich Town ahead of Saturday’s game at Sheffield Wednesday, but Blues boss Mick McCarthy says academy midfielder Andre Dozzell will travel to Hillsborough.
Larsen Touré and Luke Varney are both doubts for the trip after limping out training this morning, while McCarthy has said that Teddy Bishop will be left behind in order to gain more match fitness in an Under-21s game on Monday.
Striker Murphy has missed the last three matches with the calf tear he suffered while away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
“He’s been training, he’s no good for Saturday,” said McCarthy. “I think he’s making noises that if he’s going to come back, Tuesday (at home against Fulham) will be the game for him.
“There weren’t any other issues up until we went out and trained and Larsen Touré limped off with a bit of a groin and Reg Varney came off as well with a tight hamstring. We were fine up until that moment. We’ll see how they are.”
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England Under-17 international Andre Dozzell, who was an unused sub for the first team against Nottingham Forest, has been linked with a move to Liverpool this week.
“I would imagine there’s lots of people involved looking at our best young players and Doz is one of them, he goes away and plays with England,” said McCarthy.
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“You can’t hide them, you can’t put them under lock and key but I’ve no idea about Liverpool or anybody else and I’ve certainly had no contact with anybody.
“He’ll be travelling with us on Saturday, he’ll travel to Sheffield Wednesday and not for any other reason other than I think he’s doing great and he’s probably due an opportunity. We’ll see over the next few games.”
Teenage midfielder Teddy Bishop made his only first-team appearance of an injury-hit season as a late substitute against Charlton recently. He played 70 minutes for the Under-21s on Monday and McCarthy says that his quiet display highlighted his lack of match fitness.
“He’s miles away from playing in the first team, no, not miles away because he’s training great with us, but on half-size pitches it’s one thing, and of course you get your breather and you don’t have to be in your shape,” said McCarthy.
“He is training very, very well and I’m delighted with him. He won’t be involved this weekend, he’ll be playing with the Under-21s on Monday at Sheffield United and that’s with a view that he will get 90 minutes I hope and we will see him start a (first-team) game before the end of the season.
“He’s no problem with his injuries, but it’s 12 months since he played properly almost, he hasn’t played this season and he’d had little niggles before last season when he was fully fit, so the last thing I want him to do is be missing pre-season again.
“If we get him to play, it’ll be wonderful, but if we can’t and he has to just finish the season without having started a game and he’s fully fit and he can have his holiday and do his programme for the summer and then do a full pre-season, then we can look forward to him next season.
“If we got him back and we’ve got Didzy (David McGoldrick) back, then we’ve got some quality back in the team.”
McCarthy continues to feel it’s very unlikely that loanee Ryan Fraser will return to Portman Road before the end of the season, while he revealed that midfielder Giles Coke has undergone knee surgery.
“Giles is on crutches, he had his knee operated on. It’ll be next season the first time he’ll be back,” he said.
“He injured it in training and has subsequently had an operation on it and won’t be back until pre-season. It’s a nasty injury he’s got.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Luke Hyam is banned for one game following his red card against Brentford last weekend.