Double defensive blow for Town

IPSWICH have been rocked by a double injury blow with Fabian Wilnis ruled out for up to six weeks and Chris Makin facing a make-or-break meeting with a specialist, writes Derek Davis.

IPSWICH have been rocked by a double injury blow with Fabian Wilnis ruled out for up to six weeks and Chris Makin facing a make-or-break meeting with a specialist, writes Derek Davis.

Wilnis was, ironically, carrying a bucket of ice as he told me the full extent of his 'frozen' shoulder.

He damaged it after landing awkwardly following a crunch tackle by Coventry City's Stephen Warnock, who was booked for the foul, which also hurt a Wilnis ankle.

The Sky Blues crowd then rubbed salt in his wounds by booing the Town stalwart and accusing him of feigning injury.


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The Dutch defender said: "I could not believe it. I'm sitting there with a sore ankle, my shoulder was killing me and they were booing me and calling me a cheat. I was in agony."

Wilnis was forced off at half time with the shoulder injury and after a sleepless night due to the pain discovered on Monday the shoulder had popped out and gone back in again, causing damage around the socket.

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The initial diagnosis suggests Wilnis will be out for up to six weeks but he is determined to make it a lot shorter.

He said: "It is already feeling easier than it was but there is not much I can do except rest it. Hopefully, I will be back in two or three weeks, I really don't want to be missing any games if I can help it."

That gives manager Joe Royle a problem at right-back. Although Jermaine Wright has stood in admirably in that position when called upon he is not a natural defender.

Town have also suffered a set back at left-back with Makin failing to recuperate as well as hoped from a hip operation.

The former Oldham, Marseilles and Sunderland, defender sees a specialist this week to determine if he needs another operation.

Blues boss Joe Royle said: "Chris was given another week to see how he was but has not done as well as expected so we will seek another opinion on him."

John McGreal is still feeling a slight pull down in his calf and is a doubt for Saturday, while Chris Bart-Williams has been knocked by a virus after recovering well from a back problem.

Tommy Miller is another who has not trained and will have a further check on Thursday but may well be forced to pull out of the Scotland A squad which is due to face Wales in a fortnight.

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