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‘It’s a boost for him personally and for the lads’ - Hurst on Dozzell’s return

PUBLISHED: 17:42 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 01 October 2018

Andre Dozzell was back on the bench at Birmingham. Picture Pagepix

Andre Dozzell was back on the bench at Birmingham. Picture Pagepix

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Paul Hurst is pleased to have been able to introduce Andre Dozzell back into the Ipswich Town fold but will not push the teenager into action before he is ready.

Dozzell was an unused substitute as he featured in a matchday squad for the first time at Birmingham on Saturday, with Hurst and his medical team still managing the England youth international carefully after he missed a year of football with a knee injury.

Hurst sees the youngster as a player who can influence games positively but insisted he is still not ready to play 90 minutes of senior football at this stage.

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“I think that depends on how situations evolve,” he said, when asked about Dozzell’s involvement from this point.

“We thought that, depending how the game was panning out, it (Birmingham) might be a good time to get him back involved.

“We know he has the quality to pick that pass, keep the ball for us, and we felt like it was the right time.

“We’re not at a stage where he can play 90 minutes but it’s still a boost for him personally and for the lads.”

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Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

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