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Drury set to miss out
Injury is likely to rob Andy Drury of the chance to prove a point to his former employers tonight.
Drury picked up a minor ankle injury in Crawley’s 8-1 victory at Oakwood last Friday which makes him a doubt for tonight’s clash with Ipswich at Broadfield Stadium.
The 29-year-old was a peripheral figure at Portman Road under Mick McCarthy last season and was not offered a new deal at the end of the campaign.
Drury – who joined Crawley on a free transfer last month – made 64 appearances in total for the Tractor Boys after joining for £150,000 from Luton in January 2011 but admitted he was frustrated at a lack of opportunities during his time at the Championship club.
Boss Richie Barker said: “I thought we had got through the Oakwood game unscathed but Andy and Josh Simpson both twisted ankles.
“They are nothing major but it will probably put them out for four or five days. They might be able to play if it is not going to cause any further problems but we don’t want to take any risks.
“It is a shame for Andy as I know he was desperate to play against his old club and if there is any chance we can get him on the pitch we will take it.”
Barker took a look at three trialists – Jordan Adekunle, Elliott Levy and James Stinson – in their opening friendly against Oakwood with the Reds boss planning to continue to monitor their progress during pre-season.
Adekunle, a winger who played for England Colleges under-19s this year, was part of the Crawley youth set-up last season and made a couple of appearances in the Sussex Senior Cup.
Levy, another winger, was released by Albion at the end of last season having come through the youth ranks at The Amex.
Stinson, a full-back, was let go by Sunderland during the summer after playing for their under-18s last season – scoring a hat-trick against Wolves – and was recommended to assistant manager Anthony Williams.
Barker added: “They all did okay considering they had only trained with us for a day. But with all due respect to Oakwood we can’t make a decision on them on the basis of that game and need to see how they get on against higher opposition.”
All three could feature against Ipswich tonight but former Albion defender Adam Virgo will not be in the squad.
Virgo, 30, was released by Bristol Rovers at the end of last season and is training with Crawley in a bid to regain fitness following a knee injury.
Barker said: “With him living locally he asked Martin Hinshelwood (chief scout) if it was possible to train with us and I said it was okay as we haven’t got the biggest squad in terms of numbers.
“Unless something drastic happens we won’t be signing him but we’ve said he can train and he might play in the odd friendly if we are short.”
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