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18 October 2013

Cole ready to 'go again' as Championship football returns to Portman Road following the international break with the league leaders in town

Cole Skuse has thanked manager Mick McCarthy for allowing the squad some time off but insists the lads are all ‘raring to go again’ now.

The midfielder is expected to start for the Blues against league leaders Burnley tomorrow (kick-off 3pm), with the Clarets last win in Suffolk coming way back in 1970.

The Bristolian admits it’s nice to take in a break to recharge the batteries but nothing beats running out at Portman Road at 3pm on a Saturday.

“When you’ve had a crop of games in a short space of time it’s nice to have a small break, rest up and recuperate,” Cole told the matchday programme.

“However on the flip side of that, when you’re on a sort of mini run as we are, you’d like to keep that rolling.

“But it was nice to have some time off and me and the family headed back to Bristol.

“You need that sometimes. We train hard all week and it’s a long slog over the course of the season, so when you get the chance for some time off it’s good to take it and come back refreshed.

“We’re all back in now, the lads have been training well and we are all raring to go again, starting with Burnley this afternoon.”

Skuse: raring to go 

You can read our exclusive interview with Cole in tomorrow’s matchday programme, priced at just £3.

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy will assess the fitness of defender Tommy Smith ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the league leaders, after the 23-year old was forced off for New Zealand in the week with a knock to his knee. Elliott Hewitt will also be looked at after playing for the Wales U21s in the week but other than that the Town boss should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Sean Dyche has been boosted by the return of in-form striker Danny Ings, after the former Bournemouth man picked up an ankle injury whilst training with the England U21s ahead of their clash with Lithuania at Portman Road in the week. The striker is expected to start in Suffolk alongside Sam Vokes, who has also shrugged of a knock. The pair have plundered in 19 goals between them so far this term.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Burnley- 11th  

Where they currently stand

Town- 11th
Burnley- 1st

Last season’s story

Town recorded a dramatic win over Burnley at Portman Road, in what was manager Mick McCarthy’s first home game in charge. Daryl Murphy had fired the Blues in front just after half-time, before Sam Vokes pulled the Clarets level with ten minutes remaining. But last season’s top scorer, DJ Campbell, struck with just three minutes reaming to win it for Town, prodding home Carlos Edwards’ deep cross.

Match Officials

Referee: Graham Scott
Ryan Atkin & Darren Blunden
Fourth Official
: Gary Parish   

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