Blackburn v Ipswich: GOALKEEPER Scott Loach has been ruled out of Saturday’s game at Blackburn Rovers after he sprained his thumb in a training session this morning.

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The 24-year-old has started the last five matches and retained his place in goal for last Saturday’s 4-0 home win over Middlesbrough, despite Stephen Henderson having arrived back on loan from West Ham on transfer deadline day.

Loach – who has been wearing pink boots and gloves to raise money for breast cancer research – looked set to play again at Ewood Park at the weekend. However, he will once again be replaced by Henderson – this time because of injury, rather than form; the latter having been the case earlier in the campaign.

“Sadly for Loachy he’s just sprained his thumb this morning,” said Blues boss Mick McCarthy, who is still recovering from the virus which saw him miss the first match of his lengthy managerial career.

“That’s what you get for keeping a clean sheet! He’s a doubt. In fact, I don’t think there is any chance of him playing. I can’t put a timeframe on it, we’ll just have to assess it.

“Stephen Henderson’s still got that 24-hour recall clause, which wasn’t what we wanted, but thankfully Sam (Allardyce) was happy for him to come back. It’s good to have him back – even more so now.”

Meanwhile, winger Lee Martin is also still a doubt with the hamstring strain which kept him out of last weekend’s match. His absence would see Daryl Murphy continue on the left of midfield, with Aaron Mclean and David McGoldrick’s flourishing strike partnership given the chance to further blossom.

“Lee Martin has got a bit of a hamstring problem still and he remains a doubt for Saturday,” said McCarthy.

Town’s only other concern is skipper Carlos Edwards. The 34-year-old right-winger played in a 2-0 home friendly defeat for Trinidad and Tobago against Peru on Wednesday and will have his fitness tested after the long journey.

“I haven’t seen him yet,” said McCarthy. “He’s got remarkable levels of fitness though Carlos Edwards – especially for a guy of 34. I need to find out what he’s done and how he is first.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for McCarthy’s thoughts on watching last weekend’s action live on his iPad, Michael Chopra’s Twitter controversy and chief executive Simon Clegg’s exit.

5 comments

  • Pity about Scott, he's done well for the Blues - but he will be back. Thought one of the reasons we did so well on Saturday was because Martin wasn't in the team, when he is we only have 10 effective players!

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    Peter Achandunie

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Just imagine if No Loans had not embarrassed himself by getting Henderson back in on loan he might have been tempted to actually select an Ipswich player to play for Ipswich - and perhaps even given another Ipswich player a chance to sit on the Ipswich bench. No matter - as Tim shows there is fat chance of Town 'supporters' having any scruples or principles any more.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Great decision to get Henderson back in or there wouldn't be a spare keeper on the bench. Good management, well done MM.

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    Fat_Boy_Tim

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Mr Steroo seems very angry indeed. He should seek some sort of therapy involving candles.and chanting. Seems a sensible thing to have quality cover for a specialist position, Loach has been first choice and has deserved to be.

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    OldBoy

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Amusing that you put the word supporters in inverted commas Rob. You seem to do scant supporting yourself. I myself was screaming and jumping about like a mad man when we scored all 4 of our goals on Saturday. I wonder what you were doing while your lot were scraping their 3rd point in 24 or so and losing to Luton!!??

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    Fat_Boy_Tim

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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