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With David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence injured – who should play up front for Ipswich Town now?

PUBLISHED: 14:36 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 March 2017

David McGoldrick winces after being fouled earlier this season. Picture: Steve Waller

David McGoldrick winces after being fouled earlier this season. Picture: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town have suffered a double injury blow with the news that forward duo David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence have had to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland and Wales squads respectively.

Tom Lawrence has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks. Picture: Steve WallerTom Lawrence has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks. Picture: Steve Waller

McGoldrick – who has won five full caps for the Republic of Ireland so far – was named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional 39-man squad, but the FAI have confirmed that he is not in the final party of 28 for their World Cup qualifier with Wales and their friendly against Iceland.

The 29-year-old was subbed 12 minutes from the end of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City. It’s understood his knee injury makes him touch-and-go to play against Birmingham City, at Portman Road, a week on Saturday.

Lawrence – Town’s 11-goal top-scorer – has been withdrawn from Wales’ squad today. The Leicester City loanee underwent a scan after playing the full match in South Wales on Saturday. It’s understood a hip problem has been diagnosed and, potentially, he could be sidelined for a number of weeks.

Should the duo both still be out, manager Mick McCarthy would be left with Brett Pitman, Freddie Sears and Kieffer Moore as his striker options for the crunch home clashes with Birmingham and Wigan.

Reading loanee Dominic Samuel continues to recover from a broken toe, Leon Best has been told by manager Mick McCarthy he will never play for the club again, while England Under-18 international Ben Morris is on loan at National League side Woking (with a 24-hour recall).

It’s another yet set-back for the luckless McGoldrick who was beginning to rediscover his form of old following a stop-start two years of injury frustration.

Speaking last month, he said: “I don’t think I’ve been fully fit since 14 years of age! I do feel good at the minute though, this is the best I’ve felt in a long time.”

Cardiff City loanee Emyr Huws has been left out of the Wales squad with a tight hamstring.

Christophe Berra is with Scotland, Kevin Bru with Mauritius, Tommy Smith with New Zealand, while Andre Dozzell and Tristan Nydam are with the England Under-18s.

Meanwhile, Town’s U23s are in action against Crewe Alexandra at Portman Road this evening (7pm ko).

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that defender Steven Taylor will play following a hamstring injury, while Jonny Williams may also be involved having returned to training following a hamstring problem of his own.

14 comments

  • Oh! my god no lawrence or mcgoldrick ITFC have one foot in the Ist division. Will the fans buy those ridiculously high season tickets to watch Oldham and Walsall etc???

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Suffolk punch I'll think you'll find we our saying the same thing , apart from the players our clearly not good enough , and why our they not because there has been no investment , you can only play what you can afford to buy or pay , ME is investing div 1 standards and tha ts where we will be.....

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    Julian Hughes

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • One season wonder Murphy is not the answer. This highlights the problem with the club, how it is managed by a lucky Irishman who at any other club on this dreadful run would have been sacked along time ago. Owned by an elusive owner who has little or no ambition, no direction and no balls to at least come out and explain the truth on why over the last five years has not invested in this club. What he is hiding. Sheepshank's is the real issue here, as it seems the club has suffered a long hangover since administration.

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    bluey

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Chantry Boy are clearly more deluded even thanSuffolk Punch. That's some achievement. Have you no idea how sickening it is for Town fans that people like you insist on destroying the club? You make a fatuous comparison with a dud play. Did the crowd stand in front of you? Did the stage manager treat you with contempt? Were the cast all late replacements who didn't know the script? Did they not bother to perform - the thespian equivalent of a 0-0 draw? Get real - return your season ticket and plead insanity. You may not get your money back but you'll feel cleaner and less sleazy. Better still a football club may re-emerge if only buffoons like you would not feed the asset strippers.

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    Pundit

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Sorry Suffolk Punch. It reads like im against you. Its the other posters that get on my nerves

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    chantry boy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Suffolk Punch. I know your problem. You go to the games, follow the Blues, and realise that we have played academy players this year. To write on this sight you just have to either be a Norwich fan or someone sitting at home having never been to the game and bored with life. I have got my season ticket for next year but still think Evans was wrong increasing the price but going to the game is still better than a sad lonely existence listening to the game negatively on the radio. PS As far as the price I went to the New Wolseley and watched a play this week at £27.50 a ticket. Comparable price and the actors weren't West End

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    chantry boy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Mr Punch. you are well known as a fantastic footballer and a successful manager, but you should accept that the future is with the Academy and not rejects and oldies from other little clubs. Mick has now celebrated 25 years in management development failure, that's a fact. Sir Bobby never blamed lack of investment compared to the big clubs for his success, but then he knew how to develop players. Every player Mick has gets dragged down to his level as 25 years of stats prove.

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    critic Blue

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Julian, has it ever occurred to you that the academy players either aren't ready to play or are just not good enough? And if this is the case is this not more down to Brian Klug, the youth coaches and the whole set up of the academy rather than MM. As with Kenlock, Emmanuel and Bishop a couple of seasons ago MM has shown that he is prepared to give youngsters a chance if he believes they are good enough. Now you might be of the attitude that the only way to find out if academy players are good enough is to actually play them in the first team. However with relegation still being a possibility, if academy players were given an opportunity, but played badly which resulted in Town getting relegated this could have a negative impact on them mentally which could hold back there progress. Surely far better to stick with players who have proved as recently as last season that they are capable of playing at this level.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Well there is a surprise - McGoldrick injured! Micksy may well have to play a youngster if he can remember who he loaned them to.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Couldn't agree more with pundit , and critic blue ... pitman , Sears, Moore, Rowe, Where our the academy players you've had 4 years .... clubs been in a total mess for years not just this owner and yes man ......

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    Julian Hughes

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • How about this for radical thinking? An injured rent-a-reject and the serial injured underachiever are out so perhaps play a couple of players not yet tainted by No Loans' depressing uselessness? Unless I am very much mistaken Touts recently signed a totem pole and a winger from non-league football. It's revolutionary thinking but why not play them and see what they can do?

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    Pundit

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Mr Betts. Murph had one good season. That's it !! As for replacing him, tell everyone where you would find a quality striker willing to wreck his career ? The future should be the Academy; not loanees, poor has beens and freebies. Good managers develop players.

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    critic Blue

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • No sympathy, should have replaced Murphy.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • No sympathy, should have replaced Murphy.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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