Magilton sad to hear of player's illness

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton last night said the club's thoughts were with Luton defender Sol Davis, who suffered a stroke on the way to yesterday's game with the Blues.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton last night said the club's thoughts were with Luton defender Sol Davis, who suffered a stroke on the way to yesterday's game with the Blues.

The home side's celebrations after a 5-0 win were tempered when Luton boss Mike Newell revealed the 27-year-old was recovering at a specialist unit at the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after falling seriously ill on Saturday.

Magilton said: “The game pales into insignificance with Sol Davis' illness at the moment.


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“I had no idea of what had happened before the game. We all hope he makes a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and his family right now.”

Newell said: “We kept quiet about it until after the match but it puts everything into perspective.

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“It happened 25 minutes after leaving Luton and I am told that it might take six months before he makes a complete recovery.

“He has had an MRI scan but I am not qualified to talk about that. I am not going to use it as an excuse for our performance but we will never know what effect it had on the lads.

“Sol has made a bit of an improvement but he lost feeling in his left side and it has affected his speech.

“It was apparently a blockage to the brain that has caused it, but I will not go into full details as I am not sure what they are.

“All we are interested in is his recovery and not about football.”

Davis is a 27-year full back who joined Luton Town from Swindon Town and has played more than 150 games for the Kenilworth Road club.

Ipswich won the game with goals from Sylvain Legwinski and Jaime Peters, and a second-half hat-trick from Alan Lee.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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