Royle to wait before next move

BLUES boss Joe Royle will wait until next week before moving to bring in reinforcements on loan.Two successive home defeats have prompted Town to look at strengthening their squad as they look to go again in the New Year.

BLUES boss Joe Royle will wait until next week before moving to bring in reinforcements on loan.

Two successive home defeats have prompted Town to look at strengthening their squad as they look to go again in the New Year.

But with the FA Cup third round tie with Derby County this Saturday, Royle will not make his move until next week but hopes to have someone in place before the trip to Reading.

He said: "There is plenty of time. There is no point in doing anything just yet but I will get down to business next week."

Royle ruled out moving again for Mark Kinsella to bring in the 31-year-old on loan from Aston Villa.

Town did ask about the former Colchester United midfielder earlier in the season but were unable to secure him then.

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Although Kinsella has only played twice for Villa this season – the last time was against Everton in October – manager David O'Leary insists he is very much part of his plans.

A number of other First Division clubs have also shown an interest in the Republic of Ireland international.

There would have been a touch of irony if Kinsella had ended up at Portman Road as he was widely tipped to join the Blues while he was at Layer Road before eventually joining Charlton for a final fee of £200,000.

Despite the two home hiccoughs Ipswich remain in the play-off places and Royle is positive about the remainder of the season.

He said: "When we were bottom after six games with two points we would have taken fifth in the table by the turn of the year.

"We have plenty to be optimistic about so there is no need to panic."

Royle hopes to have Drissa Diallo and Chris Makin back next month, with the French defender due to play for the reserves in a fortnight against Wimbledon.

Makin, who is on his way back after surgery, will start working with fitness coach Simon Thadani in a couple of weeks and hopes to be playing by the end of January.

Flu-victim John McGreal is still suffering but Town hope he will recover in time to take his place in defence on Saturday.

Jermaine Wright took a hefty blow to a foot in Sunday's defeat but the hope is the swelling on an ankle will go down in time to be considered.

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