Ipswich V Birmingham at Portman Road : Match Preview

28 February 2014 12:01
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Williams set for Town bow

Jonny Williams comes into contention for his Ipswich debut at home to Birmingham.

The midfielder arrived from Crystal Palace on a month-long loan deal on Thursday and goes straight into Mick McCarthy's plans for the Portman Road clash.

Leading goalscorer David McGoldrick faces a battle to play again this season having sustained knee ligament damage earlier this month.

Midfielder Luke Hyam will be monitored as he looks to overcome a hamstring injury, with play-off chasing Town bidding to end a three-match winless run which has seen them drift five points outside the top six.

Chris Burke has been passed fit for Birmingham while fellow winger Jordon Ibe is pushing for a starting berth.

Burke was forced off in the second half of last weekend's 2-1 victory at Blackpool having taken a knock to the head which left him feeling groggy for a couple of days.

Ibe replaced the Scot to make his Blues debut at Bloomfield Road having arrived on loan from Liverpool and made a positive impression, strengthening his claims for a start against Town.

Brian Howard (fractured toe) is expected to be okay but fellow midfielder Callum Reilly (knee) misses out.

Source: PA

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