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Talking Points: Grant McCann Press Conference

17 October 2019
Grant McCann spoke to the media at the Club’s Training Ground this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers at the KCOM Stadium.

Here are the key points from his pre-match press conference:

On Jordy de Wijs picking up an injury in training…
It’s frustrating because it was just a knock in training. Someone fell on his ankle and he just planted his foot in a strange way. We knew right away he’d done something. At least it happened early in the international break. We’re pleased with his progress over the last six or seven days though. His absence gives a chance to Ryan Tafazolli and Matthew Pennington. Both of them have been patient in terms of waiting for their opportunity. They’ve trained ever so well and their attitudes have been outstanding. Jordy missing out will give an opportunity to one of those two now.

On the players who have returned from international duty…
All the lads who went off on international duty were back with us today (Thursday). We’re pleased to have them all back. They’ve all come back in and looked very focused. There are no injuries to report, which is always nice. That is always a big worry for any manager during an international break but there are no niggles and everyone is ready and raring to go.

On Norbert Balogh’s fitness levels…
He’s certainly getting there. We’ve seen over the last few weeks that he’s getting up to speed. He’s training very very hard and doing a lot of work in the gym. He’s getting close – but I feel as though he’s got two players in front of him who have been playing well for the team. Okay, they haven’t scored as many goals as they would’ve liked but ‘Eavesy’ and (Josh) Magennis have both been doing well for us in the role. Norbert has settled in well here though. He’s got a new car now and isn’t far from getting a house sorted, while his missus has also moved over. It’s never easy but he’s definitely feeling more settled.

On the competition for places at left-back…
It’s a nice conundrum to have. We’ve got three left-backs in the building here and all of them have done well when they’ve been in the team and played. My staff and I have assessed our options over the past week or so and we’ll have another little chat before picking who we’ll go with. I don’t think whoever doesn’t play will throw their toys out of the pram or anything like that. Everyone realises we’ve got three good left-backs here who all offer something different in the role in terms of the way they play.

On contract news…
Progress has been made behind-the-scenes. There’s nothing new to report right now, but there has been progress. Things are moving along nicely.

On the challenge of facing QPR…
If you look at their squad, they’ve got very good players, especially at the top end of the pitch. They’ve got players that can hurt you, but that can be said of any team in the Championship – it’s a tough league. It’s another tough game for us but we’ve worked hard on the training ground on the back of a disappointing result at Huddersfield. We’re focused on Saturday’s game and we’re looking forward to it.

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