TEDDY’S GOT A LONGER LAY-OFF TO BARE
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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