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Trio Doubts Ahead of Trip to Reading
Thursday, 1st Aug 2013 15:09

Left-back Aaron Cresswell and midfielders Luke Hyam and Anthony Wordsworth are doubts ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Reading. Cresswell’s probable deputy Tyrone Mings is also not 100 per cent as the Blues prepare for the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

Cresswell has been suffering with a thigh problem throughout pre-season and was forced off early in last week’s 3-3 draw at Notts County.

Manager Mick McCarthy says the former Tranmere man will be assessed on Friday: “He is a concern, he’s a doubt.

“We’ll have a look tomorrow, but he is doubtful, there is no question about that because he started on Saturday at Notts County and he looked great for 10 minutes and then just pulled up.

“If he has to miss a game and be ready for the next 45 then that’ll be fine. The real issue with Cressy is because he’s started to feel something.

"He played every minute of every game last year and I guess there’s a sense of personal pride there, wanting to start. We’ll see, if he’s fit he’ll play, but he’s doubtful.”

The Blues boss says he would have no concerns about giving Tyrone Mings, who made his debut on the final day of last season at Burnley, another start: “I’ve no worries about that.

“My only worry about him is that he came in with tonsillitis and mouth ulcers today, although he feels OK in himself, he’s not feeling run down or tired or out of kilter too much.

“That’s still a concern, but I’m sure he’ll be fit and I’ve got no worries about Ty at all, I thought he was terrific against Burnley.”

Anthony Wordsworth was subbed within a minute or so of coming on at Notts County due to a calf strain and the ex-Colchester man will also be looked at on Friday, as will another central midfielder: “Woody’s a doubt, Luke Hyam had a problem with his groin and he didn’t train today. We’ll have to wait and see until tomorrow to wait for him.

“Frank Nouble hadn’t trained but trained today, so at least we’ve got one back. So, there are a few that we’re worried about but if they’re not fit, we’ll play somebody else. That’s all we can do.”

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cooper4england added 15:22 - Aug 1
Perhaps we need 3 in every position! !!

PremierBlue added 15:22 - Aug 1
squad tested from the outset, let's hope it makes us stronger in the long run.


BotesdaleBlue added 15:32 - Aug 1
If their OK ...let them play,
If their a doubt... leave 'em out.

Pure poetry, inspired by Wordsworth himself. Sorry, the heat is obviously getting to me.

mickymacsbarmyarmy added 15:39 - Aug 1
thats why unlike jewell micks done his business early doors !!

Seasider added 15:41 - Aug 1
Apart from 3 long term injuries,last season especially after Mick took over,we were lucky with niggling injuries.Have got Elliot Hewitt and Paul Taylor back;but Wordy had time off with injuries at Col U,and looks as though he could turn out to be Towns current sicknote,most teams have one.Hope I am wrong though.
Andy Liddell should take some of the credit for keeping team fit,as believe stats show ITFC to be one of fittest in Division.

muccletonjoe added 15:42 - Aug 1
If mings and cresswell don't makr it - then its October already !

Michael11 added 16:08 - Aug 1
Bad news if them 3 don't play. If Hyam doesn't make it then maybe Tabb and Skuse would be in the middle with Carlos and Anderson on the wings?

bontcho added 16:15 - Aug 1
Seasider - good call on Andy Liddell. I'd also say well managed and motivated players (in all sports) seem to have less of these injuries - almost psycholgical in some way - so the happy feeling in the squad probably helps.

Mucclestonjoe - Probably too much for October. May be put him on the bench. If Mings was unavailable i'd expect either Smith to move across and Berra to come in or both Veseli and Hewitt to play, one at left back.

BrightBlue added 16:27 - Aug 1
What bad Ty Mings. Just when we were Hyam enthusiasm and riding on a Cresswell a wave, injuries hit!!!

SheptonMalletBlue added 16:49 - Aug 1
It is very frustrating that 3 players are injured before the season has started!!!!!

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 17:01 - Aug 1
I said it before, my only concern going into this year is a second left back... This is a concern.

Fatboy added 17:01 - Aug 1
I think this is just Big Mick keeping his cards close to his chest to keep Reading guessing as to our starting eleven.

It's better to say a player known to have been injured is a doubt rather than confirming that he has recovered and is likely to play.

Having said that, I think it's unlikely that all three will be fit for Saturday.

Jimmy86 added 17:12 - Aug 1
Cressy and wordsworth aint so unexpected but hyam has come as a suprise, id go for tunnicliffe and skuse in the middle with tab on left and anderson on right. Cant wait for saturday, gonna be buzzing with 2700 town fans!!! Coyb

theobald1985 added 17:12 - Aug 1
step up young october your time is coming soon

still think we will win

brassy added 17:23 - Aug 1
here goes lads think we will finish up 8th,COYB.

floridaboy added 17:34 - Aug 1
So with Cressy and Minger doubts I would definitely not play October. Put Tommy Smith at left back with Berra partnership Chambers. Smith played there for New Zealand so it is not a strange position for him

I would go with something like:
Veseli, Chambers, Berra, Smith (if both are out)
Anderson, Tunnicliffe, Skuse, Tabb
Murphy, McGoldrick

Subs: Gerken, Hewitt, Taylor, Edwards, October, Nouble, Marriott

Need to stop this rubbish about Edwards being an automatic pick on the team sheet.

Make Chambers or Smith captain

martleshamitfc added 17:35 - Aug 1
Jimmy86 think there will be more than 2700 fans there, fantastic support, let's hope they have lots to cheer about.

BeingBlue added 17:37 - Aug 1
Watched october at the Under 21's match against colchester on tuesday, was very vocal could be a future captain, organised the team from front to back. don't know if he's ready for the first team but looks a good prospect.
I'm also excited to see Tunnicliffe play, haven't seen much of his but seems like a young roy keane.

Suffolk_n_Good added 17:45 - Aug 1
BeingBlue, you mean you can tell he's gonna be a crap manager when he retires already?!?!? ;)

PeekFreans added 17:47 - Aug 1
You believe this? They will all be available. Good old Mick!

Elizabeth added 17:50 - Aug 1
With all the players that have been signed over the past few weeks, this hopefully will not pose a problem.Can't believe that the season is here already for the Football League!
I think there is a feel good factor with most of the "supporters " being optimistic about the forthcoming season and for the doubters lets hope that they are proved wrong.
And by the way, Ipswich is not a back water when it comes to football. Something I read earlier today. COYB!

blue added 18:41 - Aug 1
Top 6 finish hence players stay fit ready to rumble.
young fit strong side hitting the net already in friendlies.
Mm has a good eye when it comes to players so im sure there will be more to come , premiership here we come !!!
Now opens my eyes and on my knees , this is the year :)

ian_marshall added 19:26 - Aug 1

siebdykstra added 19:40 - Aug 1
Cressy played every game last season, it'll take a lot to keep him out. I reckon this is all to keep others guessing!
If, however, this is true I'd consider Veseli and Hewitt as the full backs (Veseli on the left) with the obvious partnership of Smith and Chambers in the centre. Berra on the bench if anything seems wrong at half time with Tommy moving over.
I'm more concerned about Luke Hyam missing out. I reckon this is his season. If he continues to improve under Mick and Terry as he has done he may well be watched by some Premier League sides. If he stays fit for 90% of the season we'll be very close to the top six, and probably better if McGoldrick gets some goals.
Top eight is decent, but from the build up to the season and the signings Mick has made I reckon top six is a very possible outcome!
Thank God for Mick!

TimmyH added 19:48 - Aug 1
Hope Hyam makes it...expecting a good season from him to 'push on', saying that he does seem quite injury prone. No doubt if he doesn't make it we'll see what Skuse is made of.

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