Leadbitter a Doubt for Blackpool Clash Friday, 13th Jan 2012 13:09
Skipper Grant Leadbitter is a doubt ahead of Saturday’s home game against Blackpool with a hip injury suffered at Birmingham on Wednesday. The Blues are short of central midfielders with Jimmy Bullard still feeling the effects of his recent illness.
Jewell said: “Grant’s a doubt. He got a knock on his hip, that he hurt a couple of weeks ago, right at the end of the game.”
If Leadbitter misses out, Andy Drury, Luke Hyam and Josh Carson will be the only fit centre midfield players with Jewell feeling that Jimmy Bullard is still some way from himself: “Jimmy has been ill but has trained in the last couple of days.
“I don’t really want to put him in but he might have to play some part because we are struggling at the minute. Jimmy hasn’t been well and it’s taken an awful lot out of him.”
Lee Bowyer is definitely out with his groin problem and Damien Delaney also misses out with his foot injury, although the problem isn’t too serious: “Damo’s injured, it’s not as bad as we first thought but he’s not fit.”
Jaime Peters can play in centre midfield! Why is this never mentioned? He did well there! But if Leadbitter's out I'd be happy with Hyam getting another game - and I'm sure the Portman Road crowd would be too! Also, play Carson instead of Murphy - Carson can't be blamed for wanting to leave if he's behind a crap Celtic reserve with 2 years playing time left. Carson can become important for us again like he was last season - but he needs to be playing! COYB! PS If we lose, Jewell out!
pazelle- totally agree about Carson, no way should he be out of the team instead of Murph. Carson looks dangerous every time he plays, Murph barely gets noticed unless the ball is lumped up to his head, even then we haven't scared goals off this tactic have we?
Don't understand why Leadbitter is treated so harshly. Not a great captain but that is hardly his fault when PJ appoints him in that position. Last week at Hull he gave his all which is more than can be said for some others. He really wanted to win on Wednesday at Birmingham and remember Reading at home winning 2-1 - Leadbitter goes off and we lose 3-2. If he does not play tomorrow there will be no physical presence at all in midfield so be careful what you wish for.
Doesn't fill me with much confidence, especially as we played on Weds Night. Sonko and Scotland will be tired. PJ may could put Murphy up top with JET and play Carson right with Martins left - that could work.
since when was carson a centre midfielder??? good point pazelle why not peters, he no worse than anyone else. Agreed leadbitter is toilet but so is 75% (maybe more)of this squad so we need to share the abuse out, poor ol grant, he is pants though!!!
StowTractorBoy - no physical presence? for most of the past year I barely noticed Leadbitter on the pitch, hardly a physical presence, he's too static and disinterested too often. Both Hyam and Drury actually move during a game, that gives more presence not less surely