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McGoldrick Back for East Anglian Derby
Friday, 16th Feb 2018 15:41

Striker David McGoldrick will be back in the Town squad for Sunday’s East Anglian derby against Norwich City at Carrow Road having returned to training following the knee problem which saw him miss the last two games.

“He’s trained for the last couple of days, so he’ll be involved in the next three games,” manager Mick McCarthy said.

“It’s fantastic to have him available again. We’ve had a season of injuries and that was just another one on top of it all. He’s been out, he’s been moving well, he’s back at it.”

McCarthy says he has no other new injuries but that keeper Michael Crowe, 22, went home ill earlier today.

“Everybody’s OK injury-wise but Michael Crowe, the back-up to Bart, was sent home because he was poorly. Hopefully that doesn’t spread to anybody else. We’ve got a fit squad.”

He added: “I don’t know whether he’ll miss out. He’s not poorly sick and dying but he was sent home so it doesn’t get any worse and he doesn’t pass anything on. I’ll know tomorrow.”

With regular second choice Dean Gerken out for the season having undergone hip surgery, Town would be forced to put either former England U18 international Nick Hayes, 18, or Harry Wright, 19, on the bench if Crowe, who himself is still to make a first-team debut for the Blues- fails to make it.

However, McCarthy’s not overly concerned at the prospect of having a teenager whose only senior experience was well down the non-league pyramid - Hayes was on loan at Dunstable earlier in the season and Wright with East Thurrock United - on the bench for such a big game.

“If he gets as much to do as every other sub keeper’s had to do all season, we’ll be all right, won’t we?”

In addition to Gerken, midfielders Andre Dozzell and Emyr Huws (both knee) and Teddy Bishop (hamstring) are all out for the season.

Former Canary Tom Adeyemi is closing in on a return after a long spell out injured but is not expected to be back in first-team action until March.

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kozmik added 16:04 - Feb 16
I wonder if we will see Tom Origami again this season?

FinidiCentenary added 16:07 - Feb 16
His ability to return to fitness just as we have a game on TV is uncanny.

Just like his ability to get injured just after transfer windows close.

cartman1972 added 16:12 - Feb 16
Agree Finidicentenary it's uncanny, he's a waste of time and space.

yungblue added 16:12 - Feb 16
Obviously not fully fit so would imagine will take a place on the bench. Should only be used in the number 10 role, playing out wide is equivalent to been down to 10 men. But with him and Carayol on the bench, gives good options.

howdonblue added 16:27 - Feb 16
Don’t bother if you ain’t gonna play to your best mate!

heathen66 added 16:49 - Feb 16
I would like to see McGoldrick play in the No.10 position with 2 up front.
Spence, CCV, Webster, Kenlock
Ward, Celina
Garner, Waghorn

OK I know it will be Spence, Chambers, CCV, Knudsen, and Skuse with Connelly, but just trying to give an option that is not predictable that we are trying to hold on for a point.
A Formation of 4-1-2-1-2 gives us a greater threat and better options as long as it does not end up with the wide players covering the full backs.
Defenders defend and attackers attack, if the RB goes forward then the LB stays with the holding CM...Holding

therein61 added 16:55 - Feb 16
Oh what a dream Heathen66 a town side without the regular point costing finger pointing favourites!!, but hey ho back to the real world it just ain't gonna happen!!!!

Pilgrimblue added 17:01 - Feb 16
I'd go with that H66 but know someone who wont!

jpring89 added 17:16 - Feb 16
Still not going to alter the fact we’re probably going to lose. Hard to be positive about this. Cant wait till the season is over now. So painful being a Town fan.

Jimmy86 added 17:26 - Feb 16
Can see him starting on the bench and as others have said if he's going to play that should be in the holding role and he shouldn't be shoehorned into the team, playing wide in the 3 behind Garner

massivemole added 17:41 - Feb 16
I just hope the 11 who put on the shirt, show passion and fight.
We all know the tactics will be negative.

midastouch added 17:42 - Feb 16
He did next to nothing in the last game against Norwich and missed a good chance with the first half header. If he plays again this time around I hope he does a lot better.

KiwiBlue2 added 19:39 - Feb 16
Needs to be played in the centre behind Garner. Wasted and not enough pace for out wide. Liked H66 line up but of course the two proper blokes will start. MM should break the habit of a life time and just tell the players to go for it.

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