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Carl Ikeme

Wolves have fitness doubt over number one keeper

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has confirmed that he may be without the services of first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at home to Ipswich Town. The Nigerian goalkeeper pulled out of an international match against Egypt earlier this week because of illness.

It has led to Jackett revealing that the shotstopper faces a race against the clock to prove his fitness ahead of the match with Mick McCarthy, a former Wolves manager, and Ipswich Town this weekend.

Ikeme has been the number one at Molineux for most of the season, after originally starting as second fiddle to Arsenal loanee Emiliano Martinez. However when Martinez picked up an injury, in stepped Ikeme and he has never looked back. A stomach bug means he could miss his first domestic game for some time this weekend, and Jackett is hoping he will still be available to play,

“He has picked up a stomach bug while away with Nigeria. He missed their second game and has flown home.

“He had a very high temperature so we will have to see how he recovers this week so they sent him home early because he was struggling.

“He came back yesterday morning and at least there is a little bit of time ahead of the weekend.

“That is a good thing and we will see how recovers but he was quite bad and our doctor saw him yesterday afternoon.”

If Jackett is forced to select Martinez, he insists he has no qualms about picking the Argentinian 23-year-old, whom he still holds in high-regard,
“Martinez hasn’t been back from injury long but Carl has kept his place.

“Emi has reacted very well. He understands. He has had a long injury with a thigh muscle that was giving him a problem.

“He is battling for his place and we feel we have two good goalkeepers there but he will definitely be pushing for a start before the end of the season because he is back now and full fit.”

Wolves face Ipswich on Saturday, before travelling to relegation-threatened MK Dons the following Tuesday.
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