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Keane: We're in good hands with Walters

PUBLISHED: 07:55 07 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today said that when he sees Jon Walters leading out the Blues he knows his team is in good hands.

Walters will wear the captain's armband for tomorrow's Championship game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm) after taking over the role on a full-time basis from Alex Bruce.

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today said that when he sees Jon Walters leading out the Blues he knows his team is in good hands.

Walters will wear the captain's armband for tomorrow's Championship game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm) after taking over the role on a full-time basis from Alex Bruce.

Town need a win to build on last weekend's first success of the season, while fellow strugglers Reading will be buoyed up to take their first home three points since January following last week's victory at Coventry.

Keane does not see a major importance in who is in charge on the field, saying: “Jon enjoys doing it and this is why he kept the role when Alex (Bruce) returned to the side after injury.

“It is not a big deal as far as I am concerned, although when I see Jon leading out the side I know he will lead by example and we will be in good hands.

“It is leaders on the pitch that we need and Alex also showed how to do that in the win over Derby, and he can become a capable captain.

“Gareth McAuley, who was skipper at the start of the season, found it a hindrance, but potentially we have three captains in the side.”

Central defenders McAuley (thigh) and Tommy Smith (dislocated fingers) are set to miss out again while Keane might drop Walters back to a midfield role and start with Tamas Priskin and Pablo Counago up front.

Priskin and Counago livened things up when they came on as substitutes against Derby last weekend, and have previously shown signs of forming a partnership, which would mean Jon Stead dropping out of the side.

Striker Connor Wickham is likely to be involved in some respect after completing his latest round of duty with the England Under-17 squad.

In midfield, Grant Leadbitter is a certain starter and Carlos Edwards is likely to retain his place. Liam Trotter and Alan Quinn's places may be up for grabs however.

Reading are not expected to make any changes, having gone back to a 4-4-2 formation. Royals manager Brendan Rodgers appears to have worked out his strongest team, although £2million defender Matthew Mills is training again.


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