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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna confirms ‘judgement decisions’ ahead of Sheffield Wednesday visit and provides Ali Al-Hamadi and Kieffer Moore updates





Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna confirmed some unnamed players will face ‘judgement decisions’ as to whether they will be fit enough to face relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow at Portman Road (3pm).

The Blues welcome the Owls off the back of last weekend’s late loss at Cardiff City, which saw Town concede twice in second-half stoppage time to fall to a 2-1 defeat.

Off the back of only their fifth loss of the campaign, McKenna’s outfit slipped to third place in the Sky Bet Championship table but could reclaim their place back in the automatic promotion spots tomorrow – with Leeds United not playing until Sunday and Leicester City in Emirates FA Cup action.

Kieran McKenna did not name the players that needed assessing. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kieran McKenna did not name the players that needed assessing. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Speaking in his pre-match press conference today, the Town boss revealed late assessments to his team will be made before the visit of 23rd-placed Wednesday.

“We had a couple of issues from the game and during the training week, nothing major,” said McKenna.

“Of course, I don’t want to give away too much going into a really important game tomorrow but we’ve got a couple of things.

Kieran McKenna confirmed some players will face ‘judgement decisions’ ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kieran McKenna confirmed some players will face ‘judgement decisions’ ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“We had the nurse through this week off the back of last week and (there will be) a couple of judgement decisions we will have to make tomorrow regarding the squad.”

Meanwhile, McKenna stated striker Ali Al-Hamadi is available for tomorrow’s clash at Portman Road despite suffering from ‘an ongoing issue in his adductor region’.

The 22-year-old asked to be left out of the Iraq squad for their upcoming internationals .

“From a physical point of view he’s doing okay,” said the Town boss.

Ali Al-Hamadi’s adductor issue will be assessed at the end of the season. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ali Al-Hamadi’s adductor issue will be assessed at the end of the season. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“He’s under constant treatment and medication and it’s something that will need to be reviewed again at the end of the season.

“He needs to have some treatments over the next two weeks over the international break, then that will hopefully have him available for the Blackburn game and for the last eight games.

“But, it is an issue that’s going to have to be managed through to the end of the season.”

Kieffer Moore is available for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday after suffering a cut to his head last weekend. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kieffer Moore is available for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday after suffering a cut to his head last weekend. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Fellow striker Kieffer Moore is ‘ready to go’ despite suffering a cut to his head at Cardiff last week, where the Welsh international scored his sixth goal of the season for Town.