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19 April 2013

Mick confirms he has a clean bill of health although Lee Martin will remain in Suffolk to work on his fitness

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday, although Lee Martin won’t be including in the travelling party.

The midfielder is to remain at Playford Road to work on his match fitness, having only featured once in the last seven outings due to a combination of suspension, illness and injury.

“Everybody’s alright although Lee Martin won’t travel,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player.

“He’s only had the 80 minutes against Millwall since he got sent off against Forest. Then he’s been ill and had an ankle injury, so he will stay behind and work on his fitness.

“Aaron Mclean has had an x-ray on his toe and thankfully it’s not broken.  

“We were worried that we might have to put an injection on it on Tuesday but I didn’t want to do that and then find it didn’t work.

“He trained yesterday and came through it fine.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Lee Martin won’t make the trip to Hillsborough, with th midfielfer staying in Suffolk to work on his fitness. He is expected to play a part in Monday’s U21 clash with Colchester at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Striker Aaron Mclean is fit after recovering from his toe injury, although Paul Taylor and Josh Carson both remained sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

Wednesday boss Dave Jones will assess the fitness levels of both Gary Madine (hamstring) and Seyi Olofinjana (knee) ahead of the game. Defender Reda Johnson has recovered from the foot injury that kept him out of the midweek draw at Blackpool.

Where they finished last season

Sheff Weds- 2nd (League One)
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Sheff Weds- 18th
Town- 13th

One to watch

Jermaine Johnson. Long serving winger, Johnson has clocked up over 200 appearances for the Owls and has featured regularly for Dave Jones’ side this term. The Jamaican began his career in his homeland with Tivoli Gardens before moving to England to team up with Bolton Wanderers. Joined Bradford in 2006 where he really caught the eye, earning a move to Hillsborough in 2007 and has remained an Owl ever since.  

Match Officials

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistants: David Richardson and Robert Whitton
Fourth Official: Richard Clark

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