I’ll start with the bad as I always find that’s the best way. Kevin Doyle has undergone surgery on a Hernia and will be out of action for two weeks. Mick McCarthy is confident he’ll be fit for the West Ham game despite the fact he’ll miss a fortnight of pre-season training.
It’s gutting really, especially when you consider what’s already happened to Big Chris. I was hoping Doyle would hit the ground running and immediately start producing his best form. In the aftermath of his time on the sidelines, it’s going to take him a good few weeks after he returns to get up to full speed.
Assuming nobody else comes in, this probably opens the door for Keogh to stake a claim for a starting role up top with SEB. I wouldn’t be gutted to see the grafter start the first game, but I don’t think it’s at all what the majority of fans had in mind.
The good news is that we saw off Walsall 1-0 last night with Andrew Surman getting the goal. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback about this guy since we signed him and I think he could just sneak his way into the starting XI for the big kick-off.
Was anyone at the Banks’s Stadium last night? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the game.