Bowyer Misses West Ham Game Monday, 30th Jan 2012 15:19
Midfielder Lee Bowyer will miss his old side West Ham’s visit to Portman Road on Tuesday due to the groin injury he suffered in the home game against Nottingham Forest, while new signing Ryan Stevenson is unlikely to be involved. Bowyer, 35, was the scorer of the winning goal when the Blues won 1-0 at Upton Park earlier in the season.
Manager Paul Jewell said: “Lee’s not fit. He’s making progress but he’s got a bit of scar tissue on his abductor and it’s causing him a bit of discomfort.”
Stevenson, who formalised an 18-month contract which includes options for further seasons earlier today, isn’t considered quite ready to play after his dispute with Hearts over unpaid wages saw him miss more than a month's training and matches.
Jewell says Town's new number 16 shirt shouldn’t be too far away from making a debut, however: “He hasn’t trained with [Hearts] since 17th December, so I don’t think his fitness is going to be quite up to speed, but in his couple of days in training he’s looked like he’s a fit lad anyway, so hopefully he won’t be too long in catching up.”
That said, the Blues manager wasn’t entirely ruling out his involvement, perhaps hinting that the 27-year-old Scot might be amongst the subs: “We’ll see how things go tomorrow.”
Keeper Alex McCarthy is banned for one match for his red card at Leeds with Jewell confirming that Arran Lee-Barrett will start with Richard Wright on the bench.
No need to offer an extension tractorboy2434, we know his contract has option of a 2nd year and that may be down to starts rather than optional. Not been good but not the worst player by along shot so not win win but not lose lose either
I was worried to see in a recent TWTD story that Bowyer has an option for next year if he plays a certain number of matches. At this rate it won't be an issue, but—frankly—I wouldn't let him hit that mark: he isn't worth the money.
@Ipswichdj & rogie_dog - not sure if you're joking or not but I think there are crossed wires somewhere - I suspect some are commenting on Bowyer, and some on Stevenson. I suspect Tractorboy was talking about Bowyer, not Stevenson.
Another terrible PJ signing. Are we seriously saying, that despite our last game being 9 days ago - that we have no new CB or defensive cover ready for this match? PJ and Clegg have known about this for MONTHS. I simply can not understand why anyone can be pro PJ or Clegg. This is unbelievable.
I think he hasnt been an awful signing just not as well as we'd hope, althoughi think we should cut his some slack compared to a player who for putting in some very good performances last year, one himself a contract. Yet the only notable thing i believe he has done is run to a match *cough* *cough* step forward Mr Bullard.
if Jewell has any gumption at all and cares what happens to our club then he should start the youth at all costs, Hyam, Cresswell and Carson as defos imo if he starts with the same team as last Saturday we will be doomed!!!!!!