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MATCH PREVIEW V HUDDERSFIELD

24 October 2014

Luke back but injury concerns over others as Blues look to bounce back

Town welcome back Luke Hyam for the visit of Huddersfield but there are concerns over Jonny Williams and Kevin Bru. 

Midfielder Luke has been sidelined with a hip problem over the last couple of games but has trained this week and is in contention to play against the Terriers at Portman Road. 

“Luke is okay but we have some bumps and bruises with a few of the other players,” Town boss Mick McCarthy told the Club website. 

“Balint Bajner, Kevin Bru and Jonny Williams have all taken knocks and we will see how they are. 

“With Jonny, it seems to be that he’s recovering just to play at the moment and when you are playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday that makes it harder. 

“He’s a brave lad physically and he's brave in terms of getting on the ball and taking it in tight areas but we will have to assess him before we make a final decision for the game.”

Mick is looking for Town to bounce back against Huddersfield from the defeat against Cardiff, which ended the eight match unbeaten run.

“When an unbeaten run ends, the challenge is to go on another one,” added the Town boss. 

“Huddersfield are on a good run themselves so we know what to expect, another tough 90 minutes of Championship football.”  

Team news
Town: Tyrone Mings serves a one match suspension after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against Cardiff.

Huddersfield: Grant Holt and Sean Scannell are both carrying knocks but should be fit and Martin Paterson has recovered from a knee injury. 

Match officials
Referee: Richard Clark 
Assistants: Mark Howes, Thomas Ramsey
Fourth official: Lee Venamore

Foot in both camps
Marcus Stewart helped Huddersfield to a 3-1 win over Blues in 1999 in what was the Terriers’ last win over Town. Soon after, he headed to Portman Road and played a leading part as George Burley’s side clinched promotion to the top flight via the Play-Offs. Stewart went on to score 19 goals for Town in the Premier League the following season. 

Fancy a flutter
Town’s leading scorer, Daryl Murphy, is the 4-1 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday. Click here to see all the odds on the game. 

How to follow the action 
Tickets are available via www.itfcdirect.com. Subscribers to Ipswich Player can listen to live commentary and get Mick McCarthy’s thoughts on the game, with highlights to follow on the Monday while there will be regular updates of the match through Town’s social media channels




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