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Bialkowski Misses Out Against Leeds Along With Webster, Ward and Smith
Friday, 12th Jan 2018 14:29

Town will be without keeper Bartosz Bialkowski for Saturday’s home game against Leeds due to a calf strain, while Adam Webster, Grant Ward and Tommy Smith all remain sidelined.

Bialkowski, 30, suffered what’s understood to be a minor injury in training and will be absent for the first time in the Championship this season. Dean Gerken, who has recovered from his recent hip problem, will start with Michael Crowe on the bench.

"Bart has picked up a calf strain and will miss tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “Gerks will be in goal tomorrow”

Bialkowski had been interesting Crystal Palace but, as reported last weekend, the Eagles have turned their attention to Getafe’s Vicente Guaita, who is now understood to be close to completing a move to Selhurst Park.

Adam Webster has missed the last two games with an achilles problem, while Grant Ward suffered a groin injury at Fulham and Colorado Rapids target Tommy Smith missed last week’s FA Cup tie with Sheffield United due to illness.

“All still unavailable,” McCarthy added. “Webbo’s still injured, Grant’s still injured and Tommy reported back in today from his illness, so not available unfortunately.

“Adam was a worry from Day One when he picked up that achilles injury. He’s had some an injections in it, that’s made it feel a helluva lot better, I think he’s having some more today.

“We were looking at probably the Bolton game and I’m hopeful that’s still the same. But hopeful more than confident, I think.

“Grant could possibly be back for Bolton. Matt Byard the physio tells me he’s a pretty quick healer, he gets over them quickly. But it was a nasty little injury, so we’ll see. Again I’m hopeful.”

Has he spoken to Tommy Smith about the interest from Colorado? “No, I haven’t, he’s been in today and that’s it really. I’ve been doing the first team stuff and Tommy’s been and gone and he’ll be back in tomorrow. I’ve not had a chat about it now.”

McCarthy says he has received no contact regarding the New Zealand international: “I’ve not had any, no.”

The Town boss says some of his regular first-teamers will have benefited from being rested for the 1-0 defeat to the Blades.

“Skusey’s a lot better than he was last week because his ankle was really swollen, he’s much better for [the break] and I’m hoping Joe Garner’s the same, that he’s much better for it,” he said.

“Every one of them gives 100 per cent every week and I have to say it’s a tough ask on them when tomorrow we’ve got 18 players, that’s it.

“Sixteen outfield and two keepers, that’s the lot, everybody who is available. And that’s including bring Chris Smith back and Adam McDonnell from loan deals.”

Central defender Smith has been with Vanarama National League South Chelmsford, while midfielder McDonnell was at Aldershot in the National League until being recalled just before Christmas.

Youngsters Flynn Downes and Tristan Nydam have both been out of action but the latter is making progress.

“Flynn’s still a bit the same and he’s picked up a little knock as much through being tired as anything, just a tight hamstring," the Blues manager continued.

“He works exceptionally hard, he was the fittest lad when we came back and did the bleep test. We’d like to get him back quickly.

“Tristan, a bit of good news there. He was back on the grass today [after a hip problem], he trained with the first team. He’s only had a small-sided game and we’re probably looking at a bit of a game for him on Monday in the U23s.”

McCarthy says Luke Hyam came through last week’s match, in which he played the first 61 minutes, without a problem after more than 18 months out.

“Hyamsy’s been great,” he enthused. “I’m really, really pleased for him, first and foremost, but for the team, for the club because he’s one of the homegrown players and he’s always been a very, very good player whenever he’s played.

“I thought he played really well last week, for somebody who hasn’t played for 18 months he was remarkable. He actually gave me the look when I was taking him off after 60 minutes.”

Does he have to hold the 26-year-old back after such a long spell on the sidelines? “I can’t, he plays that way, that is how he is. If he’s out on the pitch he’s got to cope with it physically.

“There are certain things, of course, that you’re not going to put yourself through. Sixty minutes, if you’ve not been playing, you start to feel it, you start to labour and that’s when you can start to get an injury, so it was as much looking after him as much as anything else because he’d have wanted to stay on, no doubt.”

Meanwhile, Tom Adeyemi appears no nearer a return from his hamstring problem. Asked how long the summer signing from Cardiff might he out for, McCarthy said: “I’ve no idea, I don’t know. There’s no point me even talking about it. He’ll be there when he’s there.

“He’s had a hammy, he’s had a bit of a calf strain. But I’ve got more problems, I’ve got problems with ones who are going to be fit and playing. Tom will have to forgive me but that’s not my priority.”

Fellow midfielders Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell and Emyr Huws are all out for the season having undergone knee operations.

Defender Jordan Spence is suspended for two more matches following his red card at Fulham.

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armyofblueandwhite added 14:32 - Jan 12
Uh Oh.....
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peteswindon added 14:34 - Jan 12
Oh dear bye bye Bart ;-(
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Currie10 added 14:35 - Jan 12
Calf strain my ass, where are you going, and how much?

I'm normally quite glass half full, I'm very pro in but Leeds will be going in my weekend acca I'm afraid to say.

We look in danger of imploding with each game coming.

A month ago, I was quietly optimistic we could push for top 6. Now, I'm much more looking over my shoulder and thankful we have a good points total already assembled.
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FromIpswichToPhoenix added 14:36 - Jan 12
I don't want to be a prophet of doom.... but, um, doom? If we lose Bart, we may as well throw in the towel for this season.
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Taricco_Fan added 14:43 - Jan 12
Looks like Bart's off then. Maybe Smith, too.
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GTRKing added 14:43 - Jan 12
BART Ain’t leaving he is injured stop moaning about it, he is here to stay
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ipswichdave added 14:44 - Jan 12
I wish reporters would push MM on Adeyemi hamstring !!! injury.
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dirtydingusmagee added 14:47 - Jan 12
sounds ominous, is Milne also the club Doctor ?
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prebbs007 added 14:48 - Jan 12
See Ya Bart. 😢
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Nazemariner added 14:52 - Jan 12
Trying to tie up a deal then.

Been nice knowing you Bart.
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Karlosfandangal added 14:53 - Jan 12
The report said that Palace are about to sign a keeper.

Bart is staying as Palace were the only ones interested, as is with Town when we sign someone or sell someone its always "did not see that coming"
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PhilTWTD added 14:55 - Jan 12
Don't think there is any reason to panic, from what I gather this is a genuine injury.
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dirtydingusmagee added 14:55 - Jan 12
good job Gerks injury cleared up soon as Barts occurred , ............you couldn't make it up !
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vanmunt added 15:01 - Jan 12
Not sure its anything to worry about as Bart won't get his place back once Muck Dino puts his proper bloke Bean Berkin between the sticks.
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tractorboybig added 15:05 - Jan 12
Bug*er, Spencer will only miss two more games? cant we make it the rest of the season?
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Matt_Portman added 15:07 - Jan 12
Adeyemi situation definitely has more too it. MM refusal to talk shows signs of frustrations. There's more to how someone can be ill for three months with a mystery illness and then injured with non-descript injuries without ever a target return like the rest have.
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thebeat added 15:08 - Jan 12
What kind of Moron calls someone Hyamsy?
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yungblue added 15:13 - Jan 12
Away from Palace, who seem to have turned to a different option. There hasn’t really been any concrete interest in Bart so would imagine a genuine injury.
Really thin on numbers right now though, acquisition of a couple of loans until the end of the season until players return wouldn’t go amiss.
Don’t think any permanent addition are either likely to or need to happen, will a fully fit squad there is some real real quality in there.
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NBVJohn added 15:15 - Jan 12
The problem with all the bluff, smoke and mirrors and general bull that emanates from PR these days is that when something like this happens, we get all suspicious and cynical.

That said, I’m feeling suspicious and cynical right now.

We sold our soul to an online gambling company this week, so selling our best player is nothing by comparison.

£2m (meagre in my opinion) to sell our soul, a further £4m for Bart and the whole lot disappears into wages, agents and (quite possibly) an ageing player on loan that drives a few more thousand supporters away.

Wait for the IM spin - I’m sure I will have this wrong and we should all count our lucky stars.
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Kirtonspanner added 15:22 - Jan 12
The long dark tunnel just got longer!
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heathen66 added 15:55 - Jan 12
You may find out a bit more AFTER the Leeds game.
There would be uproar from the fans to sell someone on a Friday before an important game.
Hopefully I am wrong
Also surely you would be better playing a fully fit Crowe rather than a hopefully fit Gerken
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Northstandveteran added 16:07 - Jan 12
Never placed a bet before but for some unknown reason, I put £100 on Ipswich winning 6-0 last night with magical Vegas.
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matthewwylds added 16:14 - Jan 12
Gerken is poor at best give Crowe a go but after all said a done we will be playing the same old sh1t next season & the season after that & so on McCarthy & Evans out
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dirtydingusmagee added 16:15 - Jan 12
love your optimism Northstandveteran ,
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Northstandveteran added 16:16 - Jan 12
And been suffering migraines and seeing a garish red every time I open my eyes.

Wierd
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