Campo could still make debut against O's

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton has not ruled out Spaniard Ivan Campo making his Blues debut against Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup at Portman Road on Tuesday.

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IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton has not ruled out Spaniard Ivan Campo making his Blues debut against Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup at Portman Road on Tuesday.

And the Blues boss will also be considering David Norris and Richard Naylor for a return to the side against the League Two opposition.

Campo, 34, is due to complete the formalities of a two-year deal after a medical on Monday, and Magilton said: “We will assess him and see his fitness levels.

“If he shapes up then he could be included in the squad for Tuesday.

“I can see him playing at the back or in midfield - it will be what I feel is best.

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“Ivan brings us bags of experience and I am delighted to have him onboard.”

And with Norris making big strides this week - under the guidance of the Ipswich medical staff on his troublesome right heel - the ex-Plymouth midfielder could also come under consideration for the Orient match.

Naylor says that he is currently as fit as he has ever been and he will also be in Magilton's thoughts, along with a player at the other end of the career span.

Tommy Smith was unlikely to get the nod to start today's home Coca-Cola Championship game against Preston, but he has impressed Magilton with his attitude, and if he continues the same progress it will not be long before the central defender makes his first team debut.

“You can't help but love the lad,” said Magilton. “He has enjoyed an excellent pre-season and is one that will burst on to the scene.

“Tommy has earned the right to play, and the difference between good and ordinary players is that the good ones learn quickly from their errors.”

Magilton is still hunting around for additions to his squad - with the left back position still a troublesome one.

He is not going to take any further his interest in Honduran international trialist Emilio Izaguirre, who featured in a 0-0 behind-closed-doors friendly at Fulham's training ground on Thursday.

“I don't think we are going to take it any further,” said Magilton.

“We have had a look at him over the last ten days and I don't think it's going to happen.

Magilton also refuted reports that he has made an offer for Sheffield United full-back Chris Armstrong, but he is going to keep tabs on 19-year-old Ipswich Wanderers defender Curtis Haynes-Brown.

Haynes-Brown has just spent two weeks on trial and Magilton said: “With respect to where he has come from he has done very well.

“He has not been daunted and has done extremely well. We will keep tabs on him and plan to bring him back.”

Today's likely squads

Ipswich Town: R Wright, Supple, D Wright, McAuley, Smith, Bruce, Balkestein, Haynes, Shumulikoski, Garvan, Miller, Quinn, Counago, Lisbie, Lee, Rhodes, Trotter, Peters, Naylor.

Preston: Lonergan, Hart, St Ledger, Mawene, Davidson, Nicholson, McKenna, Chaplow, Sedgewick, Mellor, Ormerod, Hawley, Brown, C Neal, L Neal, Jones, Whaley, Hill.

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