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14 October 2016

Jonathan Douglas is looking to get back on track with a victory over former club Blackburn

Jonathan Douglas believes the international break has worked in Town's favour this time, as it has allowed a number of key players to come closer to returning from injury.

The Blues travel to Ewood Park this weekend to take on Blackburn Rovers, with Adam Webster and Jonny Williams set to make a return to the squad on Saturday.

"The international break helped us in that way, with Didzy [David McGoldrick] and Jonny Williams coming back to training," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"The squad is getting bigger now, and we're going to need everybody. We need to have a squad that's capable of challenging, and we've missed a few key players, but they're all coming back now so squad places are up for grabs.

"It's up to every individual to make sure they are in the team, and it's a long trip this weekend, but it's one we're looking forward to because we need to get back on track.

"It's going to be a tough game but it's one that we need to make sure we are giving 100% in to get a result and the way we have trained this week, the lads are really looking up for it."

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Jonny Williams could be set to make his return in a Town shirt after shaking off an ankle injury suffered during pre-season at Crystal Palace, although the game comes just too soon for David McGoldrick who could play for the U23s before returning at Newcastle next weekend. Adam Webster has recovered from his hamstring injury that seen him miss the last two matches, but Teddy Bishop is a major doubt after breaking his nose for the second time in a month in training on Thursday. Luke Hyam [knee], Tommy Smith [back], Giles Coke [knee] and Brett Pitman [ankle] all remain sidelined.


Rovers could be without striker Danny Graham for the visit of the Blues, as the former Watford man hasn't trained this week due to a groin injury picked up in the recent 1-0 defeat at Birmingham. They should, however, have Marvin Emnes, Corry Evans, Anthony Stokes, Gordon Greer, Wes Brown and Charlie Mulgrew available for selection with all of those listed returning from their respective injuries. Jason Lowe, however, is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards and will miss out.

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Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Blackburn: 22nd

Last Time They Met

Daryl Murphy scored a brace at Portman Road when Paul Lambert's Rovers visited in March. The Irish striker netted his first from the penalty spot after Luke Chambers had been fouled by Hope Akpan as he smashed the ball low past Jason Steele from 12 yards. He wrapped up the three points with his second of the game with a curled effort from the edge of the box just minutes before full-time having been picked out by Luke Varney. The win put Town to within a point of the Play-Off places with nine games of the 2015/16 season to go.

Key Players

Tom Lawrence

The man on-loan from Leicester City has been a bright spark in what has been a difficult period of late for the Blues. He attempted to create chances in the 1-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield with his pace and trickery, so his form will be important if Town are to break a recent run of four without a goal.

Marvin Emnes

Before suffering defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham in recent games, Emnes scored three goals in three games for Owen Coyle's side, and set up a further three. He has arguably been Rovers' best player since joining on-loan from Swansea City towards the end of the transfer window, and will likely be their key man again on Saturday.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 2/1
Draw: 9/4
Blackburn: 7/5

Match Officials

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referee: Akil Howson & Darren Strain
Fourth Official: Scott Duncan

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