Darren ready to return

DARREN Bent has recovered from his hamstring injury sufficiently to be included in the Ipswich Town squad to face Wimbledon at Portman Road tomorrow, writes Derek Davis.

DARREN Bent has recovered from his hamstring injury sufficiently to be included in the Ipswich Town squad to face Wimbledon at Portman Road tomorrow, writes Derek Davis.

But Blues boss Joe Royle was hit with another blow when Tommy Miller was forced out with a calf injury.

Miller took the knock at Rotherham and has struggled to shake it off this week. Richard Naylor has also been ruled out with a swollen knee and Finidi George has been told he needs to see another specialist after a tendon worked its way loose on a hip joint.

Town go into tomorrow's game looking to keep their slim play-off hopes alive and give their supporters a big thank you for sticking by them in a terribly troubled season.


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Royle said: "We still have a glimmer of a chance and while we have that we will continue to have a go. It is great to have Darren back, he is bright and pacy and causes teams problems. We have missed him of late, we have missed his smile."

Wimbledon will only bring 200 supporters, which will see the latest crowds of more than 29,000 drop, although the club have reclaimed unsold tickets from the Dons to resell to Town supporters.

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Managed by former Suffolk schoolteacher Stuart Murdoch, Wimbledon have had an inconsistent season but have established a reputation for being a decent footballing side who can score goals with David Connelly and Neil Shipperley banging in 40 between them.

Royle warned: "Neil is an old pro who gets in the box and scores plenty of goals so we will need to watch him. And we certainly need to defend better than we did at Rotherham in the last 10 minutes."

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