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Scotland and Brown Doubts for Arsenal Cup Clash
Scotland and Brown Doubts for Arsenal Cup Clash
Tuesday, 11th Jan 2011 14:29

Caretaker-manager Ian McParland has revealed that Town’s already depleted squad could be without striker Jason Scotland and defender Troy Brown when Arsenal visit Portman Road for Wednesday’s Carling Cup semi-final.

The Blues are already without Grant Leadbitter (suspended), Jake Livermore (groin injury and cup-tied), Rory Fallon (cup-tied), Luke Hyam (hamstring), Brian Murphy (ankle), Shane O’Connor (shoulder) and Alan Quinn (groin) for the Gunners’ visit and McParland says the injury list is growing.

The former Notts County boss, who looks likely to leave the club when Paul Jewell takes the reins on Thursday, said: “Players-wise it gets worse. Jason Scotland pulled up with a sore calf this morning, we’re not sure how he’ll be, and Troy Brown is struggling with tight hamstrings.

“That’s another two down, so we’ll have a look at those two in the morning and see how they are.”

McParland says he won’t be taking any risks with Luke Hyam despite him closing in on fitness: “He’s not fit, he’s started training again. I thought about putting him on the bench or maybe starting him, but there’s a new manager coming in and I wouldn’t like to risk Luke coming off the bench because he’s not played a game.

“He’s been out for a long time, since the Barnsley game, and I wouldn’t like to put the lad in and him to pull his hamstring again and be out for two months with a new manager coming in. I think you have to be fair.”

McParland confirmed that winger Reggie Lambe and central midfielder Conor Hourihane, yet to play a first team game since joining the club from Sunderland in the summer, will come into the squad.

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tractorboybig added 14:37 - Jan 11
I think the score here will make the chelsea score respectable, two records in a week, biggest FA cup defeat, biggest league cup defeat.

itfc1981 added 14:38 - Jan 11
White Flag!

btrevelyan added 14:41 - Jan 11
This isn't good news. I've always rated Troy Brown as a good player, and the fact that we'll be without Jason too makes me worry about our goal threatening capabilities.
It's up to you then Tamas!

naa added 14:41 - Jan 11
Is this the wrong place to moan at Roy Keane for making all his subs after 55mins so Hyam had to play half an hour with a knackered hamstring?

I guess not, but thought I'd mention it anyway.

Must admit that things aren't looking great for the Arsenal game. I know we never stood a chance, but it is a shame that a cup semi has become something no-one seems at all bothered about.

Me included, mind. The league is far more important with our current problems.

TotalBlue added 14:43 - Jan 11
I think alot will depend on the squad Arsenal put out they have not won silverware for a long time so Wenger will take this match seriously but can he afford to many important players with a FA Cup replay and alot of League/European games coming up. He will field a weakend side in one of the legs probably the second.

Its all down to our defenders keep them out and reggie lambe to score!!! 2-1 town is a possibility hope so as I am about to go down the bookies and put it on

bluelady added 14:47 - Jan 11
damage limitation i think! one concern for me is all the injuries we pick up in training - what is going on down the training ground?? hopefully this will get sorted soon!

GetInTheGameScowcrof added 15:03 - Jan 11
Just seen in the bookies, £10 on Norris to score first and Town to win 2-1 at PR, pays over £2k!

Save your £10 after reading the above though, Arsenal Youth/Reserves are gonna wipe the floor with us.

blaggers added 15:13 - Jan 11

hollywoodginge added 15:14 - Jan 11
Surprised the eveningstar report on Macauley (with his interview) hasnt been posted on here yet, contract talks not going well....Phil??

TractorBeezer added 15:23 - Jan 11
Good question about our training ground mishaps Bluelady.
I expect that Arsenal will be a tough one for us although Wenger will likely field a predominantly youth team on Wednesday knowing that they have another game with us at The Emirates should it backfire.

dobbie73 added 15:29 - Jan 11
I'll play ..... quite fancy kicking lumps out of Arsenal!

blueblood66 added 15:32 - Jan 11
might be a goal fest again then..did I say might? Bring on Millwall!

Bugs added 15:40 - Jan 11
Sounds like we will need to get the a draw at home and hopefully by the time of the away leg we will have a few more players available and get a win. ;)

pitseablue added 15:53 - Jan 11
Think we should just put the wagons in a circle and hope for the best !!!!

blue added 16:13 - Jan 11
CIVELLI,PRISKIN,MURRAY A MUST. suprise result tomorrow pmsl , HOPE in our favour.DREAM DREAM DREAM .

comrade_blue added 16:33 - Jan 11
Don't worry, arsenal reserves played on Monday got beat by Villa in reserve league 10-1 - yes ten - so not sure he can play that many of that team

TotalBlue added 16:43 - Jan 11
Just wondering what the odds are of an own goal first.. Stuck in clients office down in Kent and cant get to bookies till later

brian_a_mul added 17:14 - Jan 11
Arsenal reserves have Dejourou, Denilson, Bendtner, Vella, Rosicky, Arshavin or Walcott and Chamak! Piece of cake!

At least they have a very heavy fixture list with 2 legs against us, FA cup replay against a dogged Leeds and a few important league games in the next 2 weeks!
Looking at 200-1 odds for a 2-1 win and Norris to score look not bad at all!

slowerball added 17:39 - Jan 11

jas0999 added 18:02 - Jan 11
This doesn't look good does it?! I think Jewell probably did the right thing to wash his hands of this game! Even though the tabloids are accusing him of wimping out!

TractorRoyNo1 added 18:34 - Jan 11
i may get there late so please have a pair of size 11's waiting for me, no wonder pajamaman doesn't fancy this on his CV

TractorRoyNo1 added 18:38 - Jan 11
that was Arsenals reserve-reserves, not Arsenals 1st team-reserves

comrade_blue added 16:33 - Jan 11
Don't worry, arsenal reserves played on Monday got beat by Villa in reserve league 10-1 - yes ten - so not sure he can play that many of that team

Ipswich24 added 19:04 - Jan 11
Your throwing money away if back us to score let alone win, Arsenal are awsome whoever they put out. Pace, Power unbelievable movement. We will be knackered chasing them after ten minutes I am just being realistic.

lunatic38 added 20:27 - Jan 11
In our current situation, Arsenal are the worst team possible to be visiting Portman Road. I just hope Winger brings his babies and 30,000 can make them drop there lining, giving us some sort of crack at the whip!

collis_itfc added 20:28 - Jan 11
the team should be

Peters - McAuley - Delaney - O'Dea

Edwards - Norris - Healy - Civelli/Lambe

Wickham - Priskin

Not a bad 11 to start against Arsenal, I was at the game against chelsea on Sunday and one thing we need to try and do better is close down and get stuck in abit more. We showed chelsea to much respect on sunday and let them come on to us. I mean as much as this isnt the priority at the moment but a chance to play at wembley in a domestic cup final has got to give them huge motivation.

Even though most home fans who are going to be at the game tomorrow night are only there to watch arsenal because there all glory hunters, us die hard fans need to get behind the team and cheer our boys on.

we need to still be in this cup tie after the 90 minutes.



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