Anthony Wordsworth working hard after tonsillitis set-back

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates scoring against Hull last season

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates scoring against Hull last season - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth will have his tonsils removed at the end of the season after another bout of illness recently.

The 25-year-old was signed from League One side Colchester in last year’s January transfer window, and – after some impressive substitute appearances – fractured three vertebrae in his lower back just 35 minutes into his full debut (1-0 home win over Blackpool).

He scored upon his return to action two months later (in the 2-1 home defeat to Hull) and made one more start and two more sub appearances in the final four games of the campaign.

His chance have been limited in his second season at Portman Road though, the creative midfielder underwhelming when starting in the 1-1 home draw with Preston in the FA Cup recently. It’s since emerged that he has been suffering with reoccurring tonsillitis.

“I’ve had two flare ups lately,” he said, to the club website. “One over the Christmas period and the other after the Preston game at Portman Road.

“That game brought on my second bout. They say that when you are fatigued, it can hit you. That’s what happened. I’ve been getting attacks two or three times a year over the last couple of years.

“Playing in that game definitely triggered the attack and in some ways I’m glad it did because it meant that I needed to see a specialist and could get to the bottom of what the problem was.

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“In May, I’ll be having my tonsils out. Before that, I want to concentrate on getting myself fit. I’m working hard, doing two sessions a day with Lids (fitness coach Andy Liddell). Hopefully after another week or two I’ll be in a better position to get some games.

“I want to be a success at Ipswich Town. I want to get my fitness up and give the manager a real problem with leaving me out.”

Speaking last week, Blues boss Mick McCarthy said he wasn’t ruling out Wordsworth going out on loan to get games under his belt. He said: “He’s had a long time out, so we’ll see about (whether he goes out on loan). If he’s not going anywhere, then I want him fit to play for me.”

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