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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

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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 Ltd David 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 Ltd Bersant 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.”

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