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No New Injuries But Foley Yet to Receive Clearance
Friday, 15th Jan 2016 14:00

Town boss Mick McCarthy has no new injury problems ahead of Saturday’s home game against Preston North End, although new signing Kevin Foley’s international clearance is yet to come through.

“Everybody’s fine, they all came through, there are a few bumps and bruises from Tuesday night, as we’d all expect from a tough game, as it was, but one we dominated, I thought, and deserved to win,” McCarthy said.

Full-back Foley, 31, has signed a contract to the end of the season as a replacement for Jonny Parr, who has joined Strømsgodset, but the Blues are waiting on the completion of the paperwork before he is able to play.

“He’s signed up but he’s not registered yet because we have to get international clearance, his last club was FC Copenhagen,” the Town boss added.

“We may have him registered for [the FA Cup replay at Portsmouth on] Tuesday but it’s irrelevant because unless you’re here for the first game you can’t play in the replay. He’s ineligible for Tuesday whatever happens.

“I think he’ll be all right for Birmingham. He’s like anybody, he’ll need games to get to that level of fitness to be battle-hardened that you get through playing games.

“But he’s trained really well, he looked great in the U21s and we’ve a game on Monday [against Colchester at Playford Road at 1pm] and he’ll probably play in that if I need him to get another game, he’ll be better for that game.”

The Blues are still without David McGoldrick and Teddy Bishop, who remain out with hamstring injuries.

The Town boss says he’s had no thoughts about sending fringe players such as Giles Coke, Piotr Malarczyk or Jay Tabb out on loan with the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder only just back in training after a niggle, along with Larsen Touré, who has been out with a groin injury.

“Giles only trained yesterday and trained really well, as well as Larsen,” he added. “Tabby’s no interest in going out on loan, he wants to stay here and fight for his place

"I get that. He’s not unhappy, not desperate to leave, so it must be a good place if that’s the case if you’re not playing.

“He’s been brilliant, Tabby. He’s part of the reason we are where we are because he helped stabilise us.

"I remember his debut at Peterborough and he came in and he’d not been playing and he was great and he’s just been a really outstanding pro. No, none of them going anywhere at the moment.”

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BackTheBlues added 14:21 - Jan 15
Team spirit and ethic is second to probably not many in this division...
Anyone remember Burley's Ipswich?
Got up after years of being a bridesmaid - should never have finished as high as we did with the squad we had in the prem... but the team ethic got us there...

Shame about the shagging afterwards!!!

runaround added 18:12 - Jan 15
I love it when Mick praises Tabby who after all is great!
All jokes aside he is the epitome of a Mick player, not the most outstanding player in the world but a real team player, low maintenance with a hard work ethic who is not totally lacking in skill. All teams need players like that

afrodids added 19:07 - Jan 15
I see Roofe scored another brace for Oxford yesterday , goal scoring CM,just saying ( If we are serious about promotion)!!

Seasider added 19:08 - Jan 15
Hes been brilliant Tabby.Could say that's past tense Mick as used to be Tabby he is brilliant lol

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