Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook has revealed that Joe Piggott is set to miss this weekend’s clash with Accrington Stanley as he is still suffering from a virus.
Meanwhile, Christian Walton and Tom Carroll will also be forced to watch on from the sidelines as a result of their respective issues.
Kyle Edwards could be in line to make his return to action after recovering from a groin injury whilst Toto Nsiala has also stepped up his recovery.
Ipswich managed to deliver a stunning performance in League One earlier this week as they sealed a 6-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers at Portman Road.
Currently 19th in the third-tier, the Tractor Boys could potentially climb above the likes of Gillingham and Lincoln City in the standings if they seal all three points in their showdown with Accrington.
Whilst Ipswich will be brimming with confidence heading into this fixture, John Coleman’s side recently suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Oxford United and have failed to win any of their last four league games.
Ahead of this clash, Cook offered an update on Piggott, Edwards, Nsiala, Walton and Carroll.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times about Edwards, the Ipswich boss said: “Kyle had a bit of a groin problem, picked up in a warm-up, but he’s fully over it now and is looking really strong.
“He’s had a good recovery programme having missed a bit of pre-season and then not coming into us quite as fit as possible.
“Now he’s had a good couple of training weeks and he’s looking fit and strong.
“He’s in the squad tomorrow, that’s for sure.”
Making reference to Carroll, Piggott, Nsiala and Walton, Cook added: “Joe Pigott’s had a virus, which has knocked him back a bit, so the reality is he’s been left behind this weekend and will be involved again from Monday.
“All of our lads are getting close to fitness and the injury list is getting a lot better.
“Toto Nsiala is back with us tomorrow, Kyle Edwards is back and then it’s Christian Walton with Tom Carroll now joining that as we want to get him right.
“Tom and Christian aren’t far away at all and that only leaves Jon Nolan. “
Whilst Cook will not be able to call upon Walton, Carroll and Piggott for tomorrow’s meeting with Accrington, he will be delighted by the news that Edwards is fit enough to feature.
The 23-year-old has managed to show some real glimpses of promise for the Tractor Boys this season and will be hoping to break his goal-scoring duck against Stanley.
However, with Cook confirming that he is set to name an unchanged starting eleven for this fixture, Edwards may need to make an impact from the substitutes bench at Portman Road.
By securing a victory in this showdown, Ipswich could use the momentum gained from this result to push on in League One in the coming months.