Ex-Sky Blue John may partner Walters

LIAM Rosenior, David Wright, Owen Garvan and Stern John are all waiting for a call to return to the Blues team for tomorrow's Championship game against Coventry City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

LIAM Rosenior, David Wright, Owen Garvan and Stern John are all waiting for a call to return to the Blues team for tomorrow's Championship game against Coventry City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

If Town manager Roy Keane is considering changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday then the above quartet are in the frame.

With joint leading scorer Jon Stead serving the third of a four-match suspension, Keane will be seeking extra fire power and John could come in to partner skipper Jon Walters up front.

This would see 16-year-old Connor Wickham drop out, while full backs Rosenior and Wright were surprisingly omitted at Leicester after playing leading roles in Ipswich's revival that has seen them defeated just once in their last 14 matches.

Keane wanted the more physical presence of Alex Bruce and Pim Balkestein at the back to help head off the forceful challenge that the Foxes forwards presented.

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If the boss feels that Coventry will offer less of a physical approach then Rosenior and/or Wright could be back in the starting line-up.

Garvan has come on as a substitute in recent games and caught the eye with his astute passing, but gritty central midfielders Grant Leadbitter and David Norris have knitted well and have the ability to wrestle the right to control play and stifle the opposition.

Jaime Peters is showing the form of his life and looks a good bet to continue on the right of midfield while Sunderland loanee Jack Colback has become an increasingly effective force on the left in recent outings.

Keane normally springs a surprise or two in his squad, and a return of front men Tamas Priskin, Pablo Counago and Lee Martin in the pursuit of goals cannot be discounted.

One thing for certain is that Arran Lee-Barrett will be in goal following the ankle ligament injury suffered by Brian Murphy during the warm-up prior to the Leicester game.

The 25-year-old has done well in the seven games he has started since Richard Wright damaged knee ligaments against Cardiff City on November 29.

His current contract runs out next Thursday, but surely the Ipswich-raised keeper has done enough to stay at Portman Road and fight for a first team place with Murphy and Richard Wright.

Lee-Barrett was on Coventry's books from January 2007 until the end of that season, initially on loan from Weymouth and then on a permanent deal.

He didn't play a first team game with Iain Dowie the then Sky Blues manager, and will have a chance to show his former training mates what he is capable of in a match situation.

Trinidad and Tobago international Kerry Baptiste is to spend a week on trial with Ipswich from February 11. Baptiste, who plays for the delightfully named Joe Public club, is a wide midfielder or striker and he scored 48 goals in the last domestic Trinidad season.

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