Ipswich Town FC manager Kieran McKenna on the Millwall friendly

01:44 PM July 22, 2022

The Ipswich Town side that line up at Millwall tomorrow should give a good idea of ​​who will face Bolton on matchday one of the season.

The Blues travel to The Den for their penultimate pre-season friendly, with the final test taking place on Tuesday night when National League side Southend United travel to Portman Road.

City boss Kieran McKenna admitted the match with Millwall is likely to see the majority of his opening-day starters given significant minutes, but stressed he was not too concerned about ” settle on a first XI” and planned to use his entire squad during the season. keep on going.

“I think with the strength of our squad, I’m not really interested in the idea of ​​a first-choice XI,” the Town boss said.

Kieran McKenna is taking his Ipswich Town side to Millwall this weekend
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“I think if you want to have very, very good depth like us, you can’t play the same XI every week.

“I’m not interested in what our first-choice XI is, I’m interested in having a really solid squad of players and having the right squad available for different games.

“From this week we will start to turn our eyes a bit to Bolton and what this game will look like and which team will play.

“Obviously we’re going to want a fair amount of those players on the pitch against Millwall next weekend because it’s going to be a big challenge.

“But we’re not looking for that magic recipe of a first-choice XI because we’re going to have a strong squad, we’re going to have a very capable depth of two players in each position and I’m going to have to use that squad over the course of the game. ‘a season.

The Blues remained largely injury-free through pre-season, as George Edmundson, Kayden Jackson and Lee Evans returned from long-term layoffs.

Winger Kyle Edwards has missed both West Ham and AFC Wimbledon games with one blow, with McKenna hoping to see the former West Brom winger in one of the next two games.

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