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PRE-BLACKPOOL INJURY UPDATE

5 February 2021

Early team news ahead of Seasiders visit

Town's First-team coach Matt Gill said tomorrow's game at home to Blackpool will be too soon for James Wilson and Toto Nsiala to return from injury.

James has been sidelined for a few months with a knee problem, but returned to first-team training this week, with Toto picking up a hamstring injury against Peterborough in January.

"James has been out with the group for a couple of days but won't be available this weekend," Matt said.

"There are some friendlies next week, though, so he might be in line to feature.

"Toto is continuing to work but again this weekend is too soon. For now, he's back out on the grass with the fitness coaches and rehab guys."

Matt also gave an update on the fitness of Oli Hawkins, who had a 'clean up' operation on his knee a couple of weeks ago.

"Oli is doing okay and is still a few weeks away of course," he added.

"But he's progressing nicely in terms of his rehab and has had no setbacks so far."

On Cole Skuse, who is yet to feature for Town this season following knee surgery, he said: “He’s out on the grass now running. He’s really positive about his knee. He’ll just continue to build up now with the fitness coach."

Town could have both Troy Parrott and Luke Matheson in the matchday squad tomorrow, the pair having signed loan deals at Portman Road on Monday.

Josh Harrop, who had been self-isolating for 10 days after receiving a positive Covid-19 test result following his loan move from Preston North End, could also be in line to make his Blues debut tomorrow afternoon against The Seasiders.

Paul Lambert's side will however be without Kayden Jackson and Teddy Bishop, with both players serving suspensions.

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