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Celina set to return against Villa while young defender Smith could also make Portman Road bow

PUBLISHED: 13:53 19 April 2018

Bersant Celina is back in the Ipswich Town squad after suffering with a virus. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Bersant Celina is back in the Ipswich Town squad after suffering with a virus. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Bersant Celina is back in the Ipswich Town squad to face Aston Villa this weekend while there could also be a Portman Road bow for young defender Chris Smith.

Gerard Nash speaks to Cole Skuse before the match at Nottingham Forest Picture PagepixGerard Nash speaks to Cole Skuse before the match at Nottingham Forest Picture Pagepix

Celina missed the weekend loss at Nottingham Forest as he suffered with a virus but could return against Villa.

Gerard Nash, assisting caretaker Bryan Klug between now and the end of the season, revealed the Blues have no new injury problems heading into the weekend clash with Steve Bruce’s men.

“Bersant is fine and he’s available for selection,” Nash said.

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“We will be the same more or less as last week and, as things stand, we’ve got no new injuries in the squad.

Chris Smith has captained Ipswich Town's Under-23s. Photo: Ross HallsChris Smith has captained Ipswich Town's Under-23s. Photo: Ross Halls

There could also be a Championship debut for young defender Chris Smith, who was recalled from his loan spell with Chelmsford City last week.

“Yes, very much so,” Nash said, when asked if there were plans to give Smith minutes.

“Chris has settled in well and couldn’t be any more local, he lives about 100 yards from the training ground.

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“He’s settled in fine, he’s a good player and has been here a long time so, like a lot of young players you would like to give them an opportunity.

“Training at Playford Road is, more-or-less, all he’s ever known so a change of environment and seeing something different has been good for him.

“A lot of those loan moves for young players have worked very well and, in some the respects, the lower you go gives you a different experience than if you go to a league club.”


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