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Skuse a Doubt for Reading Trip
Thursday, 14th Aug 2014 14:48

Midfielder Cole Skuse is a doubt ahead of Saturday’s visit to Reading but all the other players who were ruled out of the Capital One Cup defeat at Crawley on Tuesday will be fit to face the Royals. The Blues were without 10 senior players at the Broadfield Stadium, largely due to minor niggles sustained in last weekend’s opening day victory over Fulham.

“The lads that didn’t play will be back,” manager Mick McCarthy confirmed. “Tommy Smith was injured, he’s trained today, Murph has trained today, David McGoldrick has trained today, Paul Anderson and Jonny Parr as well, but none of them could have played on Tuesday.

“Tyrone Mings was absolutely goosed, as was Luke Hyam with cramp. And I left Tabby out because I don’t have too many left-sided players at the minute from having loads. Alex Henshall did really well but I want Tabby fit and raring to go at his former club.”

Midfielder Skuse was subbed during the second half of the 2-1 win against the Cottagers and McCarthy says the ex-Bristol City man is the only concern: “All the lads bar Skusey have done something today. He’s the only one who is still a doubt but I’m hoping he’ll train tomorrow.

“It’s nice to have Jonny Parr fit for the first time and to have a fit squad with them all raring to go and having options because we play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, it’s a big week for us.”

As for the likes of Elliott Hewitt, Christophe Berra and skipper Luke Chambers, who played the full game against Fulham then 120 minutes at Crawley, the Blues boss says they’ll be fine: “Elliott’s as fit as a flea, he’s only a young lad and the other two lads, Christophe and Chambo, are top pros.

“They’ve not done anything today, we’ll have a small-sided game tomorrow, but they’ll do very little and they’ll be raring to go.”

While Cameron Stewart is expected to be sidelined with his broken jaw for around another five weeks, winger Stephen Hunt is making progress after missing most of pre-season with a calf problem.

“Stephen Hunt is training but not with the first yet,” McCarthy added. “He’s back out there and he’s on his way back, thankfully.”

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LiamCP123 added 15:04 - Aug 14
Bad news about Skuse. Wordsworth in.

pazelle added 15:17 - Aug 14
Happy to see Wordsworth get a go - wonder how knackered he is from 120 minutes on Tuesday though?


StowTractorBoy added 15:21 - Aug 14
I hope not Liam he was awful at Crawley and needs a rocket up his backside. I know a lot of our fans moan about Skuse on here but if he doesn't play I am sure we will miss him. Not sure what MM will do but I suppose he could put Anderson in there and leave Hewitt and Tabb on the flanks.

pazelle added 15:33 - Aug 14
It's worth noting that ITFC with Wordsworth and Hyam in the centre has a 100% win ratio.

MattinLondon added 15:42 - Aug 14
If Wordsworth plays then the pressure is on for him to have a really good game. If he doesn't then he risks falling behind Teddy Bishop and Byron Lawrence. If he plays ok then it may well be some time before he starts in the league again.

Stenvict added 15:50 - Aug 14
pazelle, weren't they both playing away to Watford last season when Wordsworth scored and Hyam hit the bar with that header?

NoelTheDub added 15:56 - Aug 14
If Skuse dosent make it I see Tabb in the middle Mings left mid and Parr left full a solid defencive 442 that MM likes..

TimmyH added 16:21 - Aug 14
Interesting how people view certain players in matches - I saw the ratings in the EADT on Tuesday night and they gave Wordsworth a 7, Henshall of whom a few on here said he played well only got a 5 whilst at least we're all in agreement Nouble was the worst player with 4. Interesting to note Taylor was given an 8 (best attacking player) and a few on here were berating him as he didn't score.

As for Skuse no great loss if he's not fit, other than the 2 loose balls that came to him when he had the shots I didn't feel he did particularly a lot.

OldClactonBlue added 16:31 - Aug 14
Surely there must be another defender you could play there before you consider Tabb or Anderson. Clarke's an up and coming ball playing centre half, he'd do a job! Or you could just go with a back 5, or 6. As long as we don't concede we'll get at least a point.

nshearman1 added 16:39 - Aug 14
Bru could be an alternative option, with Hyam playing more defensively.

pinewoodblueboy added 17:41 - Aug 14
Cole Skuse will be missed. He is a player who doesn,t do anything spectacular to get noticed, but when he is not playing, we certainly lack something in the middle. Quietly & efficiently goes about his business.

thebeat added 18:14 - Aug 14
Agree with pinewoodblueboy Skuse is very underrated and does a lot of the dirty work in a neat and tidy manner. After he came off on Saturday the game changed and Fulham exploited the gap infront of the back four.
If hes not fit Hyam has to take up his role.
Id be tempted to play 3 at the back with McGoldrick playing ahead of Hyam and Tabb linking the play to Murph and probably Marriott

pazelle added 18:44 - Aug 14
Stenvict, that was Hyam and Skuse in the centre with Wordsworth on the left.

jas0999 added 18:46 - Aug 14
I like Skuse. I like Hyam. Just not both in the centre of midfield at the same time!

TimmyH added 20:09 - Aug 14
Well we didn't miss him when he got injured for a few games last season, I think defensively he goes about his business ok but not sure he adds much when it comes to us with the ball.

mrmorisato added 23:18 - Aug 14
I knew it, MM paints a doomy picture of the reserves will need to play Reading, now 9 of the 10 has returned fully fit. I though something was not right when Smith played against Fulham when he was supposed to be injured missing the start..!!? lol.

footyblue added 23:47 - Aug 14
i hope Tab doesn't play in central midfield I thought he was awful in first half against Fulham in fact non existent I hope Wordy or Bru play

tractorkent added 07:15 - Aug 15
I also like Skuse and Hyam but I agree with a previou comment. If these two play together where is our creativity.Kevin Bru or Wordworth to play alongside either one.

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