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Garner ruled out of Forest clash with Smith ‘nowhere near’ ready to replace suspended Chambers

PUBLISHED: 14:06 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 01 December 2017

Joe Garner is out of Town's game with Nottingham Forest with a foot injury. Photo: Steve Waller

Joe Garner is out of Town's game with Nottingham Forest with a foot injury. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town will once again be without striker Joe Garner for the visit of Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

The forward missed Tuesday night’s victory at Derby with a foot injury, while also dealing with the effects of a long-term shoulder problem, with Blues boss Mick McCarthy ruling him out of the clash with Forest.

That will leave Martyn Waghorn to lead the line against Mark Warburton’s side, with McCarthy expecting Garner to return in time for the Blues’ trip to Middlesbrough on December 9.

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“He’s still nursing his foot,” McCarthy said. “Unfortunately when he put his boot on it was still too sore so sadly we are missing him again.

“The danger was on Tuesday night that that if he had played he would have had to come off and then not be fit for either game, so it’s a matter of resting it up and fingers crossed he will be ok for the next one.”

The Blues are without suspended captain Luke Chambers for tomorrow’s game, after he picked up a fifth yellow card of the season at Derby, with Tommy Smith unable to take the skipper’s place as he continues to recover from a calf problem.

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That leaves either Jonas Knudsen or Jordan Spence as the most likely to replace Chambers at the heart of the Blues’ defence, with the fitness of back-up left back Myles Kenlock likely to play a part in McCarthy’s thinking.

“Tommy has only had two days’ training so he’s nowhere near,” McCarthy said.

“He was itching to be training and, prior to his last injury he was raring to go and went off to play for New Zealand of course.

“He’s nowhere near the first team yet.

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“Myles is fit,” McCarthy added.

“But it was his first training session since he’s had a tight hamstring. He’s done ok but we’ll see if there is any reaction tomorrow.

“I don’t think there will be and I think he was fine this morning.”

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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