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McCarthy eyes loan guarantee for Hendo

IRISH keeper Stephen Henderson will be out of action for two weeks after picking up an ankle injury as Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy wants to extend his loan deal from West Ham.

Dubliner Henderson has impressed since joining Ipswich on loan from the Hammers and played a big part in their rise up the table, but Ipswich are unsure about how long they will be able to use the keeper as West Ham retain the right to recall him at 24 hours notice.

Ankle

"He could be out for a couple of weeks with his ankle. But I keep saying it leaves me a little bit exposed, bearing in mind he's got a 24-hour recall," says McCarthy.

"I'll talk to Sam Allardyce about that. Hendo wants to come back and I want to have him back, but the recall leaves me exposed. I understand it from West Ham's point of view and they understand mine - I'd like to have one that's mine to be used and not to be going back anywhere."

Meanwhile, McCarthy has let Ipswich's Irish striker Ronan Murray join Plymouth on loan.