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Thursday 19 October 2017

Striker Murphy winning fitness battle

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy is likely to be back to fitness in time for Ireland's Euro 2016 warm-up games later this month.

The 32-year-old missed Ipswich Town's win over Nottingham Forest last week with a calf injury and is a doubt for tonight's Championship game away to Bolton, but boss Mick McCarthy, who has welcomed Murphy's international team-mate David McGoldrick back to training after a spell out due to injury, hopes to see Murphy in action this week.

"Bolton but it might be too early for Murph. We will see. We have a lot of games to play and we won't risk him. We will see how he is," said McCarthy. "There's a lingering hope we might get him on the bench."

Compatriot Paul McShane, hoping for force his way back into the Ireland squad this month after injury forced him to miss the play-offs against Bosnia, will also sit out the Championship action tonight as Reading are keen to have the defender fresh for Friday's FA Cup quarter-final game against Premier League side Crystal Palace.

"McShane has a calf injury. He won't be ready for Tuesday, hopefully he will for Friday. I have to be very mindful of the fact I don't want another injury to the centre defenders," says Reading boss Brian McDermott, who will rest some of his players for tonight's league game away to Huddersfield.

Also in the Championship, Rotherham plan to ease Leon Best into the games in their battle to avoid relegation. "Besty is coming back from a long-term injury. We need him," says manager Neil Warnock.

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