Ipswich striker Jason Scotland could be handed his first start when Bristol City arrive at Portman Road.

Scotland played 75 minutes of the 1-0 Carling Cup win at Crewe in midweek as a substitute as he builds up match fitness following his move from Wigan, and he could start against the Robins.

Town will be without winger Andros Townsend after he was sent off for an over-zealous challenge in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday. He serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Centre-half Gareth McAuley has recovered from a back injury and winger Carlos Edwards returned from a groin problem to score at Selhurst Park.

Mark Kennedy sustained a hamstring injury on his debut a fortnight ago and is not yet fit, while Jon Stead will make a rapid return to the club after leaving to join City last week.

Kalifa Cisse has given City some much-needed good news on the injury front by declaring himself fit.

Sidelined since suffering a recurrence of a thigh strain during a pre-season friendly at Yeovil on July 28, the Mali international made his comeback in a behind-closed-doors practice match against Aldershot this week.

Fellow midfielder Cole Skuse is likely to miss out after he sustained a knee injury in the 3-3 home draw against Barnsley last weekend. Lee Johnson and Gavin Williams offer manager Keith Millen options, but he may decide to recall the combative Cisse now that he has proved his fitness.

Strikers Brett Pitman and Jon Stead both go into the squad after joining the Robins on three-year deals this week - Stead making an immediate return to Portman Road.

Skipper Louis Carey (heel) is also pushing for a first-team recall after featuring against Aldershot, while fellow defender Christian Ribeiro played 90 minutes in that game for the first time since recovering from a back problem.

Ribeiro still lacks match sharpness but Carey is ready to answer the call if Millen needs his experience at Portman Road.

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