Ipswich Town boss hopes key trio will be fit for Birmingham City game, ahead of Portsmouth trip

Christophe Berra

Christophe Berra

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has revealed he will field a young side for tomorrow night’s FA Cup Third Round replay at League Two team, Portsmouth.

Town face a Pompey side who have not played since the original tie at Portman Road, due to postponements, and will definitely be without Luke Chambers (Tight calf), Christophe Berra (Injection in his shoulder) and Cole Skuse (Tight hamstring).

McCarthy is hoping that the trio will all be fit for Saturday’s league game at Birmingham but, if not, will hope that some of the team that start at Fratton Park impress on the south coast tomorrow night.

The likes of Bartosz Bialkowski, Piotr Malarczyk, Tommy Oar, Kyle Hammond, Joe Robinson and Luke Varney could feature against the 2008 FA Cup winners and McCarthy said: “There will be a few changes tomorrow night because of it (injury list), I hope they (Berra, Chambers, Skuse) will train Thursday, but there is no chance they will be risked tomorrow night.

“Bear in mind Portsmouth have not played since they played us, they will have fresh legs. My side will be younger and there will hopefully be some inspirational performances from some of them.”

Discussing his side’s gruelling schedule, McCarthy added: “When Skusey and Chambers start complaining about tight hamstrings and tight calves, you know it’s taking it’s toll.

“The players I bring in, I want them to be ready if I need them to play.”

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