Mark McGhee is likely to name a starting eleven that has the strongest chance of beginning the game at Portman Road next midweek although Rogvi Baldvinsson and Eliot Richards are likely to feature despite the fact they will be on international duty next week. Whilst usually it would be a huge compliment for the club to have players playing for their country it leaves McGhee with something of a selection headache when compiled with the number of players who are also nursing injuries.
New signings could be made before then to ease the problem but it certainly doesn't make life easy so close to the beginning of the season. Fortunately Matt Gill and Matt Lund, who have missed recent friendlies, were able to play significant parts in the match vs Gloucester and should be available for selection tomorrow. A trialist or two may also feature in the game, with a goalkeeper obviously a top priority. We're still thought to be interested in Iain Turner but it is being speculated that a new transfer target could play in-between the sticks and attempt to earn themselves a contract with us. A couple of other players have emerged as possible signings for us in recent days but nothing has been confirmed and we are still waiting on Oxford to respond to our most recent offer for James Constable. They could continue to make life difficult for Rovers ahead of our league opener with them next Saturday but it is thought Rovers want a quick resolution to the deal and will push matters over the weekend.
RB: Smith CB: Virgo CB: Baldvinsson LB: Paterson
RM: Lund CM: Norburn CM: Gill LM: Broghammer
ST: Harrold ST: Clarkson
Most members of the squad are likely to feature at some point in the game to give supporters a taster of what they can expect in the coming months. It's something of a dress-rehearsal for when we play higher league opposition in a few days time and should give us a good indication of how we will fare although it's important we don't read too much in to the result. It'll be one of the first times McGhee will field what he feels is his current strongest eleven and, hopefully, will offer encouragement to supporters who have been underwhelmed with our results so far this summer.