Injury boost for midfielder Williams

BLUES midfielder Gavin Williams could be looking towards a pain-free summer after a Danish specialist pinpointed the root of his long-standing groin problem.

By Derek Davis

BLUES midfielder Gavin Williams could be looking towards a pain-free summer after a Danish specialist pinpointed the root of his long-standing groin problem.

Williams, the winner of Ipswich Town goal of the season award for his winning strike against Leeds United in December, has been struggling all year with the injury, which was operated on last October, but now it has been identified as abductor-related a cure is in sight.

Blues physio Matt Byard discovered Per Holmich of the Amager University Hospital in Copenhagen is an expert in the field and sent Williams for an assessment.


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Holmich, who also treated former Town star Thomas Gaardsoe before the Danish defender was forced to retire, is confident Williams will be fit within six weeks without the need for another operation.

Town boss Jim Magilton last night said: “Gavin will be having a busy summer working and will be on a six-week prevention and rehabilitation course.

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“The specialist has identified exactly where the problem is coming from and he is working on readjustment.”

It is not quite so bright for Dean Bowditch, who will need surgery after Holmich diagnosed his problem.

Magilton said: “Dean has tendinitis in the groin and we may need to go down surgical route with him and that could take some time.”

Richard Naylor will have an MRI scan on his injured toe as he battles back to fitness, while Players' and Supporters' Club Player of the Year Sylvain Legwinski is still on crutches with a broken bone in a foot.

But skipper Jason De Vos is recovering rapidly from a fractured metatarsal.

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