Davis could miss Leeds game
EXCLUSIVEKELVIN Davis may be forced to miss the Blues' vital Championship clash at Leeds to be at wife Kelly's bedside for the birth of their second child.
By Derek Davis
KELVIN Davis may be forced to miss the Blues' vital Championship clash at Leeds to be at wife Kelly's bedside for the birth of their second child.
The Blues keeper will be on tenterhooks this week, with the baby due on Saturday and him worrying that he will be in Yorkshire as it arrives.
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Davis is planning to travel north on Friday with the team for their overnight stay in a hotel and play at Elland Road.
But he has also made contingency plans to zoom back to Bury St Edmunds the moment things start moving, which he admits has not been an easy choice.
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Speaking exclusively to the EADT last night, Davis said: “It is a major decision but I don't want to miss the birth of the little one.
“As much as football is important to me, this is a life and my family we are talking about and it is not to be taken lightly.
“My dad is on red alert to go round and I will be taking a car with me to Leeds just in case I need to come back quickly.”
The Davises saw a specialist yesterday to discuss options but medical complications mean the baby cannot be induced to ensure an early arrival. All Davis, and the Blues, can hope for is that the baby is late - like their first one.
Amelia, who will be three in July, arrived 10 days after the due date in a complicated delivery.
The Town keeper has been using maternity folklore to try and ensure the baby comes before the weekend, including giving Kelly a large meal of curry, which he prepared himself.
Davis said: “We have tried everything, long walks, curries, all sorts but there has been no movement.”
He joked: “I have told her the baby has to come Wednesday or Thursday, if not she has to wait until Sunday.”
Town physio Dave Williams, a dad of two, has become used to driving players' vehicles to away hotels for expectant fathers. He recently took Jason De Vos's car to Molineux so the defender could dash back from Wolves, although his son Jake wasn't born until the Thursday - the day he was due.
If Davis is forced to miss out then the more-than-capable back-up keeper Lewis Price would step in, while Town will consider rushing Academy keeper Shane Supple up to Leeds just hours after he has played in the FA Youth Cup final against Southampton.
With the prize so great, Davis is loathe to miss a game as he has played a massive part in Town even being in with a shout of automatic promotion, with consistently high performances throughout the season.
His overall form has made him one of the favourites to win the Player of the Year awards from players, fans and media alike.
Although Davis was with Wimbledon when they were in the Premiership as a young keeper, he did not play in the top flight - something he wants to put right.
He said: “I'm looking forward to progressing with Ipswich and for us to be in the Premiership, although we know there is a lot of work to be done yet. I never played in the Premiership and I would love to have a go at that.”