Cold comfort for boss

ROY Keane may have fallen victim to the big freeze yesterday, but the Irishman is keeping his fingers crossed that tomorrow's game at Leicester City goes ahead.

ROY Keane may have fallen victim to the big freeze yesterday, but the Irishman is keeping his fingers crossed that tomorrow's game at Leicester City goes ahead.

Keane failed to make an appearance at yesterday's weekly press conference, due to the icy roads between his home on the Suffolk coast and the sanctuary of Portman Road.

However, his Ipswich Town squad were in training as usual yesterday, albeit indoors rather than outdoors.

Hosts Leicester remain confident that tomorrow's game will beat the wintry weather. They have under-soil heating and have enough grit to clear the nearby roads, pavements and car parks.


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They are in the lap of the gods, as far as the weather is concerned on the day, but Town would love the opportunity to pull well clear of the relegation zone.

A recent run of just one defeat in 13 games has seen Town rise from bottom spot to 19th place, three points ahead of the bottom three, and they will extend that to six if they can beat the Foxes.

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The bottom three clubs - Peterborough, Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday - all had their weekend games postponed yesterday.

"It's obviously not ideal, with this weather, but every club has had to deal with the same problems this week," admitted Keane from his home yesterday.

"We are luckier than a lot of clubs, in that we have the indoor pitch that we can use.

"You have to be careful with training indoors, because of the stresses and strains on the body, but we have adapted our schedule and we've been able to do some work outside.

"And we're looking at maybe training on the main pitch tomorrow," said Keane.

Meanwhile, Keane also explained why he had allowed Kevin Lisbie to remain on loan at Colchester United, rather than recall him to Portman Road.

"I know I said a few weeks back that Kevin would be coming back, but I think I'm entitled to change my mind," insisted Keane.

"Kevin will be staying with Colchester for now.

"He's playing games and with Stern (John) staying another month and Connor (Wickham) looking sharp, Steady only missing two league games (through suspension) and Pablo (Counago) and Tamas Priskin pushing to get back involved, we have decided to leave Kevin at Colchester.

"That situation can change, like it can with any player at the club, if we get an offer for him.

"But for now he will stay with Colchester and I would think that if he is still there at the end of January, then he's likely to see the season out with them. We will see how it pans out," concluded Keane.

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