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Hurst’s loanee dilemma continues as Blues wait on Donacien work permit issues

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:16 12 September 2018

Janci Donacien is waiting on work permit issues to be resolved. Photo: Steve Waller

Janci Donacien is waiting on work permit issues to be resolved. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town continue to wait for the final piece of documentation that will extend Joanoi Donacien’s ‘biometric residence permit’.

Former West Ham defender James Collins has been training with Ipswich Town. Photo: PAFormer West Ham defender James Collins has been training with Ipswich Town. Photo: PA

The St Lucia-born defender, 24, has been in England since 2001.

Special dispensation means his loan switch from Accrington Stanley will immediately become a permanent deal for around £750k once the application process, understood to be a mere formality, is completed.

As it stands Hurst is currently having to leave out one of his six loan players – Matthew Pennington, Trevoh Chalobah, Tayo Edun, Jordan Graham and Jon Walters the others – from his matchday squad.

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It was Donacien who sat out the recent 1-1 home draw with Norwich, with Hurst having said he was hopeful his situation would be sorted in time for Saturday’s trip to Hull City.

Meawhile, veteran defender James Collins is still training with Ipswich Town – but there is no guarantee he will sign for the club.

The 35-year-old free agent has joined in a handful of sessions at Playford Road over the international break as both parties weigh up their next move.

Blues boss Paul Hurst has to decide if the former Welsh international is up to the physical standards he demands, while Collins has been happy to delay formal talks as he waits to see what other options may transpire.

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Aston Villa, a club he spent three years at in between two lengthy spells at Upton Park, are reportedly ready to make an offer if they are unable to lure former England skipper John Terry back.

Terry, 37, was said to be on the verge of joining Spartak Moscow, though the latest reports in Russia are that he is set to complete a dramatic U-turn and rejoin Steve Bruce at Villa Park.

Collins was released by West Ham this summer but allowed to keep training with Manuel Pellegrini’s men. There was a suggestion at one stage that the struggling Hammers may re-sign him, but that deal did not transpire.

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Hurst has captain Luke Chambers, Toto Nsiala and recent Everton loan addition Pennington as centre-back options at present and has made it clear he would like four players vying for those two slots.

Town did speak to Gareth McAuley about the prosect of a return to Portman Road, but the 38-year-old Northern Ireland international chose to sign for Scottish club Rangers instead.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst hailed the character of his players following their gutsy comeback draw against Brentford at Portman Road tonight.

Ipswich Town came-from-behind to draw 1-1 with Brentford at Portman Road tonight. STUART WATSON gives his snap verdict.

Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Brentford at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town produced a second-half turnaround as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Brentford on the night the club paid tribute to the late Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town take on Brentford this evening as they search for their first victory under manager Paul Hurst (7.45pm).

Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

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