Mick McCarthy's side preparing for first home game of the season as the Lions come to town
Carlos Edwards is looking to earn the bragging rights this week, as he and Town welcome a former teammate to Portman Road.
The Blues open up the home campaign against Millwall tomorrow who include former Town man Lee Martin in their ranks, after he teamed up with the Lions following his departure from Suffolk.
“Lee is a great lad and a good friend of mine, but of course he will be the enemy during the 90 minutes tomorrow,”
“It will be a good battle against Lee, should he feature, and we will want to get one over on him. That’s not to say we are going out there to kick him, but I’m sure a few of the lads might try and wind him up!
“That’s not really my thing as I’m too laid back but I definitely want to have the bragging rights over him!
“I was pleased to see him get fixed up with Millwall and it seems a good move for him, as it’s no secret that he’s a London boy.
“We’ve got more important matters to focus on though, which is getting a first win on the board.
“We weren’t good enough against Stevenage but we performed well against Reading. We need to get back to that level and be on our game from the first whistle. That needs to start Saturday.”
Aaron Cresswell and Jay Tabb are both in a race against time to be fit for tomorrow’s game, with Cressy yet to feature due to a thigh injury and Tabby picking up a shoulder injury against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup. Tyrone Mings will miss out with a knee injury and doubts still remain of Anthony Wordsworth, with the midfielder struggling with a calf injury.
Millwall boss Steve Lomas may hand a debut to new loan signing Shaun Derry, who has moved to the New Den from London-rivals QPR. Former Town ‘keeper, Andy Marshall, has also joined on loan following an injury to regular stopper David Forde, although he is expected to be on the bench with another former Town loanee, Stephen Bywater, expected to start. Ex-Blues wideman Lee Martin is an injury doubt but could feature against his former Club tomorrow.
Foot in both camps
Lee Martin. The midfielder departed Town for south London this summer, linking up with Steve Lomas’ Millwall side on a one-year contract. It’s a sooner return to Portman Road then Lee will probably have expected and he will be desperate to feature, after missing the start of the season through injury. The former Manchester United man, who was brought to Portman Road by former boss Roy Keane, made 100 appearances for Town.
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Gary Jerden and Adrian Sannerude
Fourth Official: John Magill
U16 (Family area): £5.50
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