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Iorfa Fine But Smith and Adeyemi Remain Sidelined
Monday, 27th Nov 2017 15:05

Right-back Dominic Iorfa is expected to be fine for Tuesday’s trip to Derby County despite limping off in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, but centre-half Tommy Smith and midfielder Tom Adeyemi remain sidelined.

“He’s OK, I think,” manager Mick McCarthy said of Iorfa. “I’m saying, I think. He cramped up. I don’t think he’s damaged the muscle. Everyone was asking me afterwards, ‘Has he done his hamstring?’. I said I wouldn’t know until I checked up with him.

“But it was more cramp than anything, so unless he’s had any adverse affects today, which I haven’t seen as yet - they’re in later and we’ll be travelling later on - I won’t know. I’ll find out in a while.”

Iorfa seems likely to be left out of the starting XI at Pride Park anyway with McCarthy having been pleased with the form of another of his right-backs, Jordan Spence, in recent matches.

“I thought Jordan Spence was terrific against Sheffield Wednesday, I thought he had a really good game,” the Blues boss continued. “He’d had two good games, but I thought against Sheffield Wednesday he did, certainly.

“I didn’t leave him out because he’d done anything wrong, he scored the equaliser at Hull, of course. It was just a case of putting in some fresh legs. Those full-backs have got to gallop up and down those wings.”

Smith isn’t yet ready to return after suffering a calf injury while away with New Zealand, while Adeyemi is still out with his hamstring problem.

“Tommy was saying he was hoping to be out on the pitch, on the training ground but they’re just holding him back. I think the last thing that you want to do is aggravate a calf injury,” the Blues boss added.

“And likewise with Tom Adeyemi. He said he was looking at the Forest game but that’s not the case now, it’s going to be beyond that.”

McCarthy says no one else suffered a knock at the weekend:“No, with regarding to injuries, we’ve actually got a couple back in terms of getting Emyr and Bish back, that’s positive. And everybody else, they’re all OK.”

David McGoldrick is expected to be out for around a month with the gash to his groin he suffered in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, while Luke Hyam and Andre Dozzell are both long-term absentees having undergone knee surgery.

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Orraman added 15:18 - Nov 27
"I thought Jordan Spence was terrific against Sheffield Wednesday. I thought he had a really good game".........Is there another manager anywhere else in the world who would say that then drop him for the next game. Knudsen also runs up and down the wing but we never hear of him being replaced for "fresh legs" except of course when he is suspended. Double standards indeed

alfromcol added 15:23 - Nov 27
"those full-backs have got to gallop up and down those wings.”

Oh dear, that just about sums it up. Sounds like he is describing cart horses!!


cat added 15:29 - Nov 27
After another horror show from Captain calamity, I would like to see Spence move into the middle long side Webster and put Connolly in at right back, giving Chambers a well earned rest, hopefully indefinitely! Alternatively, if he sticks with Chambers, which is likely, I would go with 3 at the back to cover his arse. The defensive issue is a big shame this season as we have improved in all other areas, but if MM continues to select them tried and ‘failed’ undroppables, then he only has himself to blame.

tractorboybig added 15:48 - Nov 27
the worse full backs in the division. Whats wrong with Emanuel and kenlock? o and chambers, o woeful.

santiagomudez added 16:12 - Nov 27
Completely agree with cat.

Chambers in possession has always been a problem but notably this year I think he's basic defending has been poor. He's completely lost the ability to deal with a long ball, Daryl Murphy is going have a field day with him on Saturday!

TimmyH added 16:38 - Nov 27
Even Webster with Knudesen in the middle would be a better alternative, Jonas played well when he went into left centre. Jordan Spence and Kenlock as full backs. Personally would like to have Emmanuel back and ship Iorfa back to Wolves, I bet we're paying them more on wages for him than what we're getting from Rotherham!

BobbyBell added 16:46 - Nov 27
Knudson played better at centre back so get him in there. Also, where oh where is the wolf?? He played so well when called upon but now he seems to be ignored. Why? We must shore up this defence as we just can't keep anyone out. Even teams that can't score goals end up scoring against us.

hoppy added 16:49 - Nov 27
Was it just Iorfa that had a fine for his performance? ;)

Lightningboy added 16:53 - Nov 27
No matter how "terrific" Mick thinks Skuse is he'd never rest (drop) him though,would he?!

Hope Adeyemi,Bishop,Huws are all fighting fit very soon so we can get some energy & creativity into the centre of the pitch.

jas0999 added 17:24 - Nov 27
Seems to me Micks favourites get selected week in week out regardless of form. Adeyemi Is a complete waste of time ... injury prone so little use. If Iforfa plays then we could be in trouble.

chrishants added 17:49 - Nov 27
Chambers has always been likely to go AWOL. Could you imagine many managers dropping a player after a good performance ala Spence. This bloke has lost it

1RWR added 17:58 - Nov 27
Good point BobbyBell.......where the hell is the Wolf?
Wolfenden-Emmanuael-Kenlock-Spence there's four I would like to see on a regular basis.......will it happen.......nope!

PJewellisaGod added 22:37 - Nov 27
Some really good points made here and a sensible discussion.

Feel the Wolf should be the understudy for Spence at RB. Iorfa makes too many mistakes and seems out of position too often. I can see what MM was trying to do (rest Spence) but Iorfa is not a good alternative. We may well already have that alternative (the Wolf).


Sam added 06:39 - Nov 28
Don't start Iorfa, he was at fault against Aston Villa, play Spence.

dusty added 08:02 - Nov 28
What puzzles me is that there must be some of the players who are intelligent enough to realise the failings of some of their colleagues but because of a Svengali type hold that MM has over them are reluctant to voice their opinion.

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