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Squad news from Glyn ahead of Ipswich clash

Manager to assess whether Mads is ready for match action

10 February 2020

Glyn Hodges said that a late decision will be made on the possible participation of Mads Bech Sorensen in Tuesday night’s match against promotion contenders Ipswich Town.

The on-loan Brentford defender suffered a head injury that caused him to be substituted in the first-half of the match against Fleetwood on Saturday. Our manager's update from the training ground also included the good news that Scott Wagstaff (pictured) will return to the squad after injury.

Speaking in an interview ahead of the match against Ipswich, Glyn said: “Mads is struggling at the moment because of where the cut is. It’s right in the middle of his forehead and we are going to have to wait and see until he heads the ball. He can’t be bandaged around his head because it will probably go in his eyes. It’s a delicate situation and we won’t know if he can play until just before the game.”

Glyn will be able to call on the experience of Scott Wagstaff, who has shrugged off a calf injury in time to be available. However, Anthony Wordsworth suffered a setback after Saturday’s match and he will miss out on playing against his old club Ipswich.

“Scott is fit and he’s in the squad, so that’s good news,” said Glyn. “Anthony felt his calf again on the pitch after the game in a fitness work-out with the other subs. This morning it wasn’t as bad as first feared, but he won’t be available for tomorrow and we are crossing our fingers for the results of a scan.”

With such a hectic run of fixtures coming up, Glyn has planned February meticulously, but he’s solely focusing on the immediate challenge of facing an Ipswich side currently seventh in the table.

“This is going to be a hard run of matches, we know that, but we keep ourselves in games,” added Glyn. “We have a plan for each one, but I’m not going to look too far ahead. We are just focusing on playing against Ipswich tomorrow. I want us to have energy and we showed that in abundance at the weekend. Hopefully, our players are recovered in time and I might freshen it up a little bit, just to put some fresh legs in there.

“They need to be prepared, and they need to be relaxed and play. I don’t want them to get tense, to look over their shoulders at the run of games. In this league any team can be beaten. I mentioned after the game on Saturday about the young boys playing without fear. Hopefully, that spreads to the seniors. We ask questions, we play our football, and we cause teams problems. We have to continue in that vein.

“They (Ipswich) are a good side. We’ve looked at how they play and what they do. We’ve covered that this morning and I think it’s still in the back of our minds the way that we lost at Portman Road. We put in a good performance that night and we were unlucky to get anything out it. We need to be at the same level again.”

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