Team news: Luke Hyam a doubt but Ainsley Maitland-Niles could return for Ipswich Town

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be back for Ipswich Town

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be back for Ipswich Town - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Luke Hyam is a slight doubt for Ipswich Town’s trip to Huddersfield on Saturday but Ainsley Maitland-Niles could return to manager Mick McCarthy’s squad.

Luke Hyam is a doubt for Ipswich Town's trip to Huddersfield

Luke Hyam is a doubt for Ipswich Town's trip to Huddersfield - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Midfielder Hyam was struggling with a calf injury going into Tuesday night’s clash with Hull and was replaced in the second half, making him a doubt for Saturday’s clash in Yorkshire.

“He’s a slight doubt, he’s reported in today feeling much better and more optimistic about it,” McCarthy said when asked about Hyam.

“He put a shift in the other night and felt fatigued with his hamstring so we’ll wait and see and hopefully he’ll be ok.

“Murph is a bit tired but he should be ok.”


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Maitland-Niles could also come back into the matchday squad, having been left out of Tuesday night’s defeat, with McCarthy impressed with the teenager’s response.

“He’s trained great today, he’s come from a club (Arsenal) where there might be a bit of a rotation policy but that that’s not the case,” he said.

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“(It was) the fact that we had Larsen Toure and if I needed to make an impact then I thought he could do that more because he’s been training really well.

“It’s hard for him (Maitland-Niles) because it’s a long, hard, season and he’s not had anything like this before and it’s no surprise a young lad like him might find things tough.

“Ainsley’s a good player and he’ll be back with us.”

Cole Skuse is back running after suffering a toe ligament injury at QPR, with McCarthy hopeful the midfielder may return for the trip to Bolton on March eighth.

Giles Coke has yet to return to training while Piotr Malarczyk will have a procedure related to his kidney stone tomorrow.

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