David Stockdale and Grant Leadbitter both ruled out for Ipswich Town ahead of trip to Burnley

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has ruled out both keeper David Stockdale and captain Grant Leadbitter from tomorrow night’s Championship match at Burnley.

Midfielder Leadbitter limped off with what Jewell described as a ‘nasty’ groin injury in the 87th minute of Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Reading.

Stockdale missed his first league game of the season having injured his shoulder in training last Monday, with Richard Wright handed his third ‘debut’ for the club just three days after signing.

“David won’t be fit,” confirmed Jewell, before adding: “Grant’s groin will probably keep him out too. There are also one or two other little injuries that we are monitoring.”

Centre-back Ibrahima Sonko has missed the last three games with a torn hamstring, but returned to training last Thursday.


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And the key defender stands an outside chance of returning to the team at Turf Moor according to his boss.

Jewell said: “There’s a possibility with Sonks. We’ll see how he is in training this morning.”

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Meanwhile, the Blues boss confirmed that Irish centre-back Damien Delaney is still in a protective boot following surgery on a fractured foot and could be out for at least another three weeks.

Ipswich are now just a point above the Championship relegation zone following five straight defeats – the last three coming by a score of 3-2.

– For a full match preview of Burnley v Ipswich, see tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star.

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