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8 March 2013

Another massive game says boss ahead of trip to London Road

Michael Chopra will miss Saturday’s trip to Peterborough but Carlos Edwards has been included in the squad. 

David McGoldrick is also back in contention for Town after being unavailable to play against parent club Forest under the terms of his loan. 

Mick McCarthy has also confirmed that Elliott Hewitt will make his first League start for Town, while Jay Tabb is in line to make his Blues’ debut after the paperwork over his month long loan from Reading has been completed. 

“It’s a blow with Chops because he has been great for us recently and put in a really good shift at Forest on Tuesday,” the Town boss told the Club website. 

“He’s got a bad dead leg though and will miss the Peterborough game. We have Carlos back. He trained this morning and is fine. 

“Jay has come in and he can play right across the midfield. Primarily he is a left sided player and we are short in that area with Lee Martin suspended and Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] injured. 

“He is with us for the standard 28 days loan and we will see after that. We can extend it until the end of the season and we will look at that but there are three opinions that count on that, ours, Reading’s and Jay’s.”

Like Lee, Richard Stearman misses the game through suspension having been red carded against Forest – and the boss is not happy the Wolves’ loanee is absent. 

“I have spoken to the referee’s assessor and he said it was the wrong decision and Stears should not have been sent-off,” added Mick.

“That’s cold comfort for us because we can’t appeal over two yellow cards. 

“He’s been excellent for us, Stears but he’s obviously got to miss the game. Elliott Hewitt will come in. He deserves his chance.”

Peterborough are five points behind Town but with a game in hand and Mick doesn’t underplay the importance of the game. 

“It’s massive. We have got to take into consideration the fact that we played 30 minutes with nine men the other night so bringing in fresh legs is an option on top of the two changes that we have to make,” he said. 

“They play an expansive game and score goals. They concede them as well though. Obviously we don’t want to let them close that gap in points so as I said, it's a big, big game."

Team news
Richard Stearman and Lee Martin are suspended, Michael Chopra is injured but Town welcome back Carlos Edwards, who missed the defeat at Forest with a groin injury and David McGoldrick, who was unavailable for the game at the City Ground. Jay Tabb is in the squad after joining from Reading on loan. Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth are on the road to recovery from injury.

Peterborough will hope Gaby Zakuani will recover from a shoulder injury in time to feature against Blues.  On loan midfielder Davide Petrucci could also return to the squad after injury along with Kgosi Ntlhe. 

Where they finished last season
Peterborough - 18th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand
Peterborough – 23
Town - 19th

One to watch
Tyrone Barnett: The former Crawley striker played three times for Town on loan from Peterborough earlier in the season before injury cut short his stay at Portman Road. Powerful in the air, he is now fit and available for selection and could lead the line for Posh at London Road.  

Match Officials
Referee: James Linington               
Assistants: Danny Gratton and Guy Stretton 
Fourth official: Nigel Murphy

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player. Follow Town on Twitter, @Official_ITFC for exclusive Blues team news and live updates from London Road.


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