Ipswich manager Roy Keane will be without new goalkeeper Brian Murphy for the visit of Coventry to Portman Road.

Murphy was included in the squad for the first time last weekend after his move from Irish side Bohemians but injured his ankle ligaments in the warm-up.

He will be out for another 10 days at least so Arran Lee-Barrett will continue in goal with youngster Ian McLoughlin deputising on the bench.

Striker Jon Stead sits out the third match of a four-game suspension following his Boxing Day dismissal while on-loan Crystal Palace striker Stern John is available.

David Norris successfully claimed his first goal of the season against Leicester last Sunday after recovering from a serious knee injury but Keane remains without fellow knee injury victims Richard Wright and Luciano Civelli.

Chris Coleman is hoping Leon Best and Sammy Clingan recover in time to line up for Coventry.

Striker Best scored a well-taken opener in the club`s heartbreaking 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth on Tuesday night but had to come off shortly into extra time nursing a thigh injury.

Influential midfielder Clingan, meanwhile, was forced off at the interval suffering with mild concussion following a clash with Papa Bouba Diop.

But Coleman is hopeful both will be okay for the trip to Portman Road as his Sky Blues side look to make it five wins in their last six Championship games.

New signings Carl Baker and Gary Deegan return and are both pushing to start having been ineligible to face Pompey, as do on-loan duo Leon Barnett and Gary Madine who were denied permission to play by their parent clubs.

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