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York City's Josh Carson makes early return from international duty
JOSH Carson is back training with York City after his international break with Northern Ireland Under-21s was cut short.
A yellow card for the former Ipswich winger during Friday’s 1-0 home defeat to Belgium meant Carson flew back to North Yorkshire at the weekend, instead of travelling to Serbia for tonight’s UEFA European Championship qualifier.
It was his second caution of the competition, leading to a one-match ban, but City boss Nigel Worthington was pleased to welcome the Ballymena-born 20-year-old back to the fold earlier than anticipated.
Worthington said: “Josh was back with us yesterday because of the booking.
“That meant he wasn’t available for the next international so he will have been training all week before the Newport match on Saturday and it is nice to have him back with us doing all the work building up to that game.”
City’s on-loan Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel and Carson’s compatriot has made the trip to the Balkan state.
The Minstermen’s reserve goalkeeper Chris Kettings, meanwhile, is on his way back from Georgia, where he was an unused substitute for Scotland U21s yesterday and Sander Puri is a member of the Estonia squad that will wrap up their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign in Romania this evening, having won his 53rd cap as a substitute during Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Turkey.
Worthington, who made 66 appearances for Northern Ireland between 1984 and 1997, has admitted he will be looking for any signs of fatigue in Brobbel and Puri before he decides on his team for Saturday’s League Two clash at Newport.
That fixture will involve a further 230-mile, five-hour coach journey for the returning pair and the City manager added: “You have got to look at that because all the travelling can take a bit out of you.
“There’s always an impact on your body. You can be up early on Thursday morning waiting around in airports to travel back on a long journey and you have to deal with all of that as best you can so we will be monitoring all the players who come back from international duty.”
Following recent injuries, Lanre Oyebanjo and Jamal Fyfield have returned to full training and will be in contention for Newport.
But on-loan Preston left-back Ben Davies is still receiving treatment on a thigh strain and Michael Coulson is hoping to discover the cause of his foot problem with a scan.
There has not, meanwhile, been a change, as yet, to Elliott Whitehouse’s loan extension at Bootham Crescent despite a change in manager at his parent club Sheffield United, where Chris Morgan has replaced David Weir on a caretaker basis.
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