Ipswich v Watford preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 10:36

Ipswich could once again be without goalkeepers David Stockdale and Richard Wright against the Hornets.

Arran Lee-Barrett became the third Town goalkeeper to start in as many games when they were thrashed 4-0 by Burnley on Tuesday, and he will play again should Stockdale and Wright miss out.

The duo are both struggling with shoulder injuries. Stockdale, on loan from Fulham, is considered the most likely to return having missed the Tractor Boys’ last two games.

Ipswich’s defence could be boosted by the return of centre-back Ibrahima Sonko.

In his absence, Jewell’s side have conceded 13 goals in their last four outings but he has trained all week after tearing his hamstring.

Captain Grant Leadbitter (groin) is still sidelined.

Watford will once again wait on the fitness of top scorer Marvin Sordell when they travel to Suffolk.

The England Under-21 international striker, who has bagged six goals in all competitions this season, was rated as 50/50 for the 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Tuesday night but was missing with an ankle injury as the Hornets squandered a two-goal lead.

Should he miss out once more, Craig Beattie, on loan from Swansea, will start in attack after scoring his first goal for the club against the Robins.

Defender Lloyd Doyley (thigh), centre-back Martin Taylor (dislocated collarbone) and midfielder Stephen McGinn (knee) all remain sidelined.

Goalkeeper Scott Loach was at fault for Bristol City’s equaliser but should retain his place although Jonathan Bond could make the bench after being recalled from his loan spell with Forest Green.

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Ipswich v Watford preview

Date published: Monday 14th March 2011 11:57

Kieron Dyer is in line for his second home debut for Ipswich.

Midfielder Dyer started his career in Suffolk before joining Newcastle in 1999 and returned on loan from West Ham on Friday. He started at Leeds on Saturday and will again be involved.

Captain David Norris will be missing as he completes his two-game ban but Jimmy Bullard returned from a hamstring injury at Elland Road and will keep his place.

Mark Kennedy – who can play in midfield or at left-back – will be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury so Darren O’Dea will continue at full-back.

Goalkeeper Brian Murphy has stepped up his comeback from a broken ankle after coming out of plaster but Marton Fulop will continue.

Watford will be without defender Lee Hodson for the trip to Suffolk.

The young right-back left the field on a stretcher on Saturday after he was caught by a late challenge from Sheffield United striker Darius Henderson but scans have revealed that he did not break his ankle.

He will be out for a while as he recovers from heavy bruising, however, so Adam Thompson will return to the side.

Former Hornet Henderson was sent-off for the challenge while United also had another ex-Watford player Lee Williamson dismissed for an aerial challenge on Lloyd Doyley.

Doyley escaped injury and will start but on-loan Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater is still back receiving treatment at his parent club.

Midfielder Stephen McGinn is a long-term absentee with his serious knee injury as the Hornets look for three more points.

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