TEDDY’S GOT A LONGER LAY-OFF TO BARE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Thomas McIl­roy

MID­FIELDER Teddy Bishop may miss the rest of Ip­swich Town’s Cham­pi­onship cam­paign, man­ager Mick McCarthy fears.

The teenager, who burst onto the scene last year but has not fea­tured at all this sea­son due to a com­bi­na­tion of shin and ham­string prob­lems.

It was ini­tially hoped that Bishop would re­turn at Christ­mas but the 19-year-old has suf­fered a set­back in his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

“I don’t know if he will play again this sea­son,” said McCarthy. “I hope so but he’s not as ad­vanced. We thought he was, we thought he might be train­ing Sun­day but he’s not quite.

“Bish is al­right, he’s tried des­per­ately to keep his spir­its up and have a smile around the place, but he des­per­ately wants to play.”

McCarthy, though, re­mains hope­ful of hav­ing David McGoldrick avail­able again for the trip to Wolves on April 2.

McGoldrick, 28, hasn’t fea- tured since the win at MK Dons on De­cem­ber 12 due to groin trou­ble but with the car­rot of a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship place for the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land still to play for, he is des­per­ate to re­turn.

“I think Didzy will be champ­ing at the bit to be in­volved on April 2,” McCarthy said.“He will train on Sun­day, he’ll have a week’s train­ing and then we’ve got Not­ting­ham For­est on the Mon­day (in an Un­der-21s game) and if we could get an­other game into him be­fore the fol­low­ing week when we’ll be play­ing Wolves.

“He’s in­cred­i­bly tal­ented, we’ve missed him ev­ery sea­son when he’s been out and he’s po­ten­tially got a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship place [to play for].

“He’s got a two-pronged mo­ti­va­tion, but then he’s got a sum­mer where he could be away for a month play­ing foot­ball and make up for some of the time he’s lost this sea­son and last sea­son be­cause as foot­ballers we do want to play foot­ball, that’s what we do like do­ing.”

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