Healy Set to Miss Portsmouth Clash Wednesday, 23rd Feb 2011 17:22
Town look likely to be without midfielder Colin Healy when Portsmouth visit Portman Road on Saturday. The Irish international was replaced by Andy Drury during the first half of last night’s 2-0 defeat at QPR.
Boss Paul Jewell told the club site: "Colin felt something go in his stomach and it looks like a strain.
"It's disappointing because Colin has been doing well for us, but it's very likely he will be out for the weekend."
A shame for Healy as he has been a revelation under PJ, but it does open the door for Drury to stake his claim for a regular place - nice to have creative options within the midfield at long last...COYB
I feel sorry for Colin Healey as he has excelled of late uner Paul Jewell. That said, it is a wonderful opportunity for Dury to prove his worth in the midfield and at home he should be able to express himslef more freely.
Everyone seems to think Drury's the definite replacement, but he looked off the pace when he came on for Healy on Tuesday.
For Saturday, I'd like to see PJ play Wickham further forward (he looks our biggest goal threat at the moment) with Priskin, and play Peters and Martin wide with Leadbitter and Bullard in the middle...
Isn't it great to be positive about Healy. It was only a few weeks ago people were despairing that he was in the team against Chelsea. Think he is definitely one whose experience can be of great help to the team.
Agree with Blueboots about Peters. As our longest serving first teamer, he's been desperately unlucky to be squeezed out of a strong midfield. Imagine Edwards and Peters bombing up & down the wing all day, Portsmouth would be knackered!
A shame as he's a quality player, but then quality is something that we don't lack in the midfield thankfully.. Agreed a speedy recovery for Cardiff please. Then again the thought of playing an in-confidence Wickham down thee middle in a 4-4-2 formation (with Martin, Bullard, Leadbitter and Norris) is equally tempting. Equally I wouldn't be averse to seeing Peters occupy a touchline as someone said earlier, but against Cardiff I fear Drury may still be slightly off the pace - next season he'll really come into the fold I reckon. COYB