Bruce appeal to be heard Friday

ALEX Bruce will find out at lunchtime tomorrow if he has possibly played his last game for Ipswich Town.

Derek Davis

ALEX Bruce will find out at lunchtime tomorrow if he has possibly played his last game for Ipswich Town.

The FA will hear Ipswich Town's appeal at 1pm so will know before the Cardiff City game if he will play again this calendar year.

Bruce faces a four-match ban after his sending off against Bristol City on Wednesday night after a collision with Nicky Maynard.

Both players suffered gashed shins and Town will argue that the injuries were caused accidentally when both players' momentum took them into each other.

Bruce was red carded and as he has already served one ban following a dismissal against Wolves earlier in the season an extra game is added on to the automatic three for the violent conduct offence.

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If the appeal fails Bruce will miss the games against Cardiff City, Coventry City, Birmingham City and Derby County.

If the FA deem the appeal frivolous then they could add another one match ban taking the total to five.

As Bruce is out of contract in the summer he is free to open negotiations with other clubs in January and Town may look to cash in rather than lose him for nothing in June.