Mature Jack set to figure in Town team

JACK Colback's mature display and brilliantly taken goal last weekend should ensure the Sunderland loanee retains his place in the Ipswich Town team for the Championship game at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

JACK Colback's mature display and brilliantly taken goal last weekend should ensure the Sunderland loanee retains his place in the Ipswich Town team for the Championship game at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The 20-year-old played his part in the Blues' comprehensive 3-1 success against Blackpool, and manager Roy Keane's side will be out to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 matches. If they win they will overtake Nigel Adkins team.

But with skipper Jon Walters and midfield dynamo Grant Leadbitter serving one-match suspensions, the pressure will be on Colback and company to rise to the occasion.

Walters has started every league game this season, and Leadbitter has been an ever present since joining Town from Sunderland at the end of August.

Carlos Edwards and Alan Quinn will come into the reckoning to return to the team, while Stern John is a good bet to partner in-form Jon Stead up front.

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There is an outside chance that Dave Norris might be named in the squad having come through an hour of a practice game unscathed in midweek. He has not played since suffering a serious knee injury on the opening day of the season, and the Christmas matches are a more realistic return date for him.

Scunthorpe are unbeaten in four games and have a good home record having already beaten Newcastle, Sheffield United and Preston.

Club captain and right-back Cliff Byrne came off in the 1-1 draw at Reading last week with a hamstring problem with Andrew Wright or Jordan Spence - on loan from West Ham- in line to come in.

Winger Martyn Woolford has missed the last two matches with a foot injury, but could be on the bench while Northern Ireland international Michael O'Connor has recovered from a dead leg and may start ahead of Sam Togwell.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy is available after a one-match ban and is likely to go straight back in despite Josh Lillis being man of the match at Reading with a string of fantastic saves. Wolves have recalled loanee George Friend.

Frost covers were put on the pitch on Wednesday with club secretary David Beeby saying: “The pitch is perfectly playable but we have got it fully covered with frosts of minus four or five being forecast.”

Anything worse and there could be a problem with the situation being monitored regularly.

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