Case for fielding makeshift defence

IPSWICH Town face the prospect of fielding a makeshift defence in Saturday's Champion-ship home game against Plymouth Argyle.Dan Harding (suspended) and Richard Naylor (long-term toe injury) are both definitely out while skipper Jason De Vos and utility defender David Wright are both doubts.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town face the prospect of fielding a makeshift defence in Saturday's Champion-ship home game against Plymouth Argyle.

Dan Harding (suspended) and Richard Naylor (long-term toe injury) are both definitely out while skipper Jason De Vos and utility defender David Wright are both doubts.

De Vos is being wrapped in cotton wool as he is still feeling the effects of the fractured metatarsal he suffered in training on January 15, while Wright has been away from the club for the last ten days because of a family bereavement.

“Jason took a knock on the same foot he suffered his metatarsal problem,” said Town manager Jim Magilton. “He has not trained since the Luton match on March 17 and he must be a doubt.”

Ian Miller has been recalled from his loan at Darlington and is in line to make his Town debut against Ian Holloway's FA Cup quarter-finalists.

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“Ian will definitely play for us this season,” confirmed Magilton.

“I have had glowing reports of his time with both Darlington and Boston earlier in the season. He has taken every stage of his progression in his stride and I am sure he will handle his Championship debut with the same success.”

Alex Bruce will be one member of the back four while Matt Richards is expected to take the place of Harding at left-back.

Fabian Wilnis is also in line to hold his place after a commanding display against the Hatters at Kenilworth Road.

IPSWICH Town striker Billy Clarke won his second Republic of Ireland U21 cap in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Holland in Venlo last night. Holland's winning goal was scored by Feyenoord defender Royston Drenthe in the 71st minute.

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