Mixed fortunes for Cambridge United injury doubts

PUBLISHED: 16:02 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 October 2016

Cambridge United keeper Will Norris

Cambridge United keeper Will Norris

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Derry gives verdict on Norris and Ikpeazu

Cambridge United have had mixed news on the injury and illness front ahead of their Sky Bet League Two match at Exeter on Saturday (October 22).

Keeper Will Norris missed the defeat to Grimsby last weekend because of tonsillitis, while striker Uche Ikpeazu was ruled out with a foot injury.

But Norris is back in contention for the match at St James Park.

“It was a loss for us last week, but he’s back on the training ground,” said U’s manager Shaun Derry.

“I think at one point he was three or four pound down on his normal weight but I think he’s been having a few hot dinners!

“We will know for sure later on tonight (Thursday) how Will is going to be.”

David Gregory stepped in between the sticks last week, and Derry was encouraged by the youngster’s performance.

“I was pleased for him as a young goalkeeper who is more of a project for the football club – to call on David too many times wouldn’t be fair on him,” said Derry.

“But the times that we have called on him, he has produced two decent performances. I thought the game against Sheffield Wednesday was good and I think the only thing he had last week (against Grimsby) was to pull the ball out of the net.

“I think when you’re evaluating a weekend’s work and you only ask the goalkeeper to do one thing and that’s pulling the ball out of the net, it tells you a story.”

But Ikpeazu, who was starting to impress for the U’s before missing out last week, is still on the absentee list.

“It’s still a problem which is just lingering,” said Derry. “It was too sore for him last week, and it’s been too sore for him this week to train.

“We want him back, of course we want him back because I think he has been a pretty big player for us but I only want him to be back when he’s fully fit.

“We’ve seen at this football club too many times in the past where you’ve been rolling people out when they’ve only been 70 to 80 per cent fit so we don’t want that to be the case this season.

“In terms of it being a severely bruised foot, we’ve still been able to work on his fitness, he’s just not been able to do the kicking and everything else that needs to go with it.

“So we will look upon it again tomorrow (Friday) and see where it is.”

George Maris’ return to full fitness continues after a week training with the youth and first teams, but the match at Exeter will come too soon.

Medy Elito is still out with a knee injury.

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