Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

Timely boost with the news that attacking trio should be fit for Ipswich Town’s opener

PUBLISHED: 17:18 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 31 July 2017

Joe Garner (right) has scored six goals in pre-season for Ipswich Town. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

Joe Garner (right) has scored six goals in pre-season for Ipswich Town. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

Pagepix Ltd 07976 935738

Ipswich Town have received a much-needed boost with the news that attacking trio Joe Garner, David McGoldrick and Bersant Celina should all be fit for this Saturday’s Championship opener against Birmingham City at Portman Road.

David McGoldrick missed Saturday's 6-1 drubbing at Charlton due to illness. Photo: Pagepix LtdDavid McGoldrick missed Saturday's 6-1 drubbing at Charlton due to illness. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

Summer striker signing Garner was clattered in last weekend’s 6-1 friendly thrashing at Charlton Athletic and was quickly substituted, reporting pain to his shoulder in the dressing room afterwards.

Fellow front man McGoldrick was absent at The Valley after becoming the latest player to be affected by the virus which has swept through the camp, while left-winger Celina – on a season-long loan from Manchester City – has also been ill.

Celina joined in with full training today though, while Garner and McGoldrick took part in some light training and will step up their preparations tomorrow.

It will be welcome news to manager Mick McCarthy who, after dubbing Saturday’s heavy loss to the League One Addicks as ‘embarrassing’, ‘a disgrace’ and ‘a shambles’, recognises his team require a good start to the campaign if the mood is not to quickly turn sour.

Bersant Celina has had a disrupted pre-season since joining Ipswich Town on loan from Manchester City. Photo: Pagepix LtdBersant Celina has had a disrupted pre-season since joining Ipswich Town on loan from Manchester City. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

He said: “We’ve got to play well on Saturday and we’ve pretty much got to win because if we don’t then it’s starting the season where we left off last season and that’s not good for anybody.

“We had a poor end to the season, Burton and Newcastle wins apart, and this doesn’t bode well for anybody. It hasn’t helped the way people feel about me, or the team or the club getting slapped by six.

“I just hope they (the fans) come along and cheer and support us next weekend. Hopefully we can beat Birmingham. If we don’t then it will be the inevitable.

“I expect a reaction because if we play like that again, we as a club are in trouble and I’m in trouble.”

Midfielder Emyr Huws – who was signed from Cardiff for £1m after a successful loan spell – has sat out the whole of pre-season due to a troublesome Achilles problem. The Welshman was back working in the gym today though and his return to action is hopefully not too far away.

Tom Adeyemi is still out, having been hit by illness the worst, as are fellow midfielders Teddy Bishop (groin) and Luke Hyam (ankle).

Police are appealing for information after two incidents of violence in Colchester which they believe are linked.

The A12 has been named the most dangerous A-road in our region, according to data obtained on the number of crashes and casualties on our busiest roads.

It’s been a busy week across Suffolk and north Essex, here’s your catch-up guide to five things we learned this week.

If you heard the bang and fizz of fireworks but didn’t see them you probably missed the first day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival.

An Ipswich special school which was handed an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating in May for a series of safety and standards concerns is set to become an academy.

There are two planned roadworks set for the coming week with one major operation currently active and due to expand and continue until Wednesday, August 22.

Yesterday East Anglia enjoyed bright and sunny spells but it looks like there could be a build-up of clouds later today.

Suffolk Constabulary chief constable Gareth Wilson writes about assaults on officers, how the force is improving its handling of non-emergency calls and the bravery of police dogs.

A man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after his vehicle was stopped due to way it was being driving.

Members of the public are being advised not to approach a Hollesley Bay prisoner, who has absconded.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24