Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse is in a race to become fit to face former employers Bristol City this weekend.
The midfielder missed out on Tuesday’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Hull City with a tight hamstring.
Skuse made over 300 appearances for the Robins before moving to Suffolk in 2013. He then made his 200th appearance for the Tractor Boys in the victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
However the midfielder is hopeful of adding to his tally when the Blues travel to Ashton Gate this weekend.
“I’ll be outside doing some work tomorrow (Thursday) and then hopefully I’ll be back in training on Friday.” he said to the Club Website.
“My hamstring has tightened up a bit but if all goes well, I’ll be okay for Saturday. I want to be out there helping the team.”
Speaking in today’s press conference, the midfielder said: “The injury is much better. I hurt my hamstring at Sheffield Wednesday and playing at the weekend made it a bit worse but I’ve been out training today.
“Tuesday was very, very tough to watch. I made my way down to the changing rooms after the game and tried to say my bit to help them out.
“You have to be mentally tough. I saw that to the Academy players here – you need that to make it in football. We have to deal with it and get on with the next game.
“We need the fans because they’ll be round long after we’ve gone. We massively appreciate what they give to the Club and hope they’ll stick with us.”
Blues boss McCarthy will be hopeful that Joe Garner will make a return as his side travel to Bristol. The striker was a late withdrawal on Tuesday night.