Chopra Fine to Face Former Club Cardiff Thursday, 16th Feb 2012 13:59
Blues assistant manager Chris Hutchings says striker Michael Chopra will be fine to take his place up front for Town against his old club Cardiff at Portman Road on Saturday despite suffering a minor knock in the 1-0 victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday. There was further good news for the Blues with midfielder Lee Bowyer in with a chance of being involved in the squad, while Ibrahima Sonko was also out on the training field this morning.
Hutchings, who for a change took on the duties of speaking to the written press this morning, although with boss Paul Jewell at the club, says Chopra is fine: “He got a kick but he trained fully this morning.
“His calves were a little bit tight as well, so it was just a precaution him coming off, and also to add a fresh pair of legs up front with Jason Scotland going on."
The former Chelsea full-back says Lee Bowyer could be back in the squad for the first time since suffering his groin injury in the Nottingham Forest match on January 2nd: “Lee’s training today and he’s trained all week. We’ll have to wait and see whether he’s included in the squad.”
Ibrahima Sonko dislocated a rib during the abandoned game against Middlesbrough but Hutchings says the centre-half is already making tentative moves in the right direction: “He’s done a little bit of jogging today, so that’s a major plus.
“He’ll be assessed tomorrow. Obviously he’s not going to be available [at the weekend], it’s slow progress.
“When they do a little bit of work, it’s about how they are in the morning the next day whether they can step up their work, maintain their work or whatever. It was good to see him out on the training ground doing a little bit of jogging.”
The Senegalese international was expected to be out for between two and four weeks but Hutchings wouldn’t be drawn on whether his early appearance on the training field means he’s likely to be back nearer the fortnight mark: “It’s too early to say at the moment in time.
“Sometimes it’s day by day. Physios are never going to say it’s two weeks to us because if he then takes four weeks he’ll get a rollocking! But it’s encouraging to see him out there.”
C'mon Chops show what their missing ... Call me optomistic but i fancy 3 points Saturday .. The way we have been attacking in the last several games we always look like scoring and it also takes a bit of preasure off the defence . COYB !!!!!!
Youth need to learn, training with the likes of Bowyer and Bullard is invalueable experience and both could prove a number wrong before the end of the season in exactly the same way Chops has proved the majority wrong from a few weeks ago when he was a old age flop with massive personal problems !!
Agree with you Surco72. It would still not surprise me if Bowyer could be the man to help shore up our defence. He's slower nowadays but a whole lot wiser and experienced and might scare a few of the oppostion forwards!
If he's fit, what a waste to have him sitting on the bench because, after all, he's not a loanee.
Good to see chops playing, his current form is needed in our team! Hoping sonko recovers soon, but it's good to see Delaney and smith getting their chances finally, and after portsmouth's clean sheet why not keep them till sonko's back rather then a loan!
First ever posting from Pedro. Excellent game v Portsmouth - enjoyed it thoroughly and was working in Southampton. They all looked really keen - great to see players like Drury and Martin looking good. Hopefully a similar show this afternoon but more clinical finishing than against "pay up" Pompey.