Sturrock waits on injury update

ONLY an injury to full back Matt Doumbe will prevent Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock fielding his same XI for the seventh game running when Ipswich arrive at Home Park tomorrow.

Derek Davis

ONLY an injury to full back Matt Doumbe will prevent Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock fielding his same XI for the seventh game running when Ipswich arrive at Home Park tomorrow.

Consistency has been the watchword at Argyle and in the six matches Sturrock has used an unchanged side they have lost just once, last Saturday at Derby County.

During that spell, Plymouth have also been invincible at home with three wins on the bounce and all without conceding a goal and has seen them move up to eighth place in the table.


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Who to replace Doumbe with is Sturrock's only selection headache for awhile and involved former Colchester United stalwart Karl Duguid.

Bought initially from the U's as a right back, where he stood in when Doumbe went off during the 1-0 win over Preston on Tuesday, Duguid has now carved out a niche for himself in central midfield.

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Sturrock will choose who to play in place of Doumbe whose foot is not broken as first feared but is still too sore to be considered.

Sturrock said: "I have to decide what I am going to do there.

"Do I bring Duguid back or has McNamee done enough or whether playing a lefty on the right in the right-back position would be appropriate. There are a lot of things to weigh up.”

Duguid made 438 appearances for the U's, at full back or winger on either flank, or even as a forward, but rarely as a central midfielder, although that has now changed.

Sturrock said: “I think Duguid has now committed himself to being a midfield player.

"I thought he did okay at right-back, but I do think he's made his mind up that he's a central midfielder - and I'm pleased for him that he's decided that.

"Duguid has been an influence in central midfielder for us, although I thought Jim Paterson did a sterling job when he went in there against Preston.

“He went in there and did the business in an alien position."

The last time Argyle lost at home was when Norwich beat them in early September and Ipswich will look to end the recent run and claim just their second away win of the season.

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