Loach Out of Blackburn Trip
Thursday, 7th Feb 2013 15:05
Keeper Scott Loach will miss Saturday’s trip to Blackburn after sustaining a suspected sprained thumb in training today. Winger Lee Martin remains a doubt with the hamstring injury he suffered in training prior to last Saturday’s 4-0 home win against Middlesbrough.
Manager Mick McCarthy said: “Lee Martin has got a bit of a hamstring still and that remains the same, he’s a doubt for Saturday.
“And sadly for Loachy he’s sprained his thumb this morning. That’s what you get for having a clean sheet and four goals at the opposite end.
“He’s out more or less, I don’t think there’s any chance of him playing,” the Blues boss added.
As to how long the former Watford man might be sidelined, he wasn’t sure: “If he’s sprained his thumb, it’ll be however long it is. He’ll get loads of treatment, but I don’t know.”
Stephen Henderson, who re-signed on loan from West Ham last week, will start in place of Loach.
Skipper Carlos Edwards played for Trinidad and Tobago in a 2-0 home friendly defeat to Peru overnight and McCarthy says he’ll speak to the midfielder before he makes a decision on whether he starts at Ewood Park, having previously rested Tommy Smith in similar circumstances.
“I haven’t seen him yet,” he said. “He has remarkable levels of fitness Carlos Edwards, especially for a guy of 34. I need to find out what he’s done and see how he is first.
“I’ve not spoken to him. I don’t know if he played, how long he played. I’ll get a feel off Carlos and see.”
In terms of his own health, he was back at the club on Monday having missed training throughout the previous week and the game against Middlesbrough due to flu, McCarthy says he’s on the mend: “I’m still not right, but I’m getting there.”
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