Jim: Gavin can give us a big boost
IPSWICH Town welcome 27-year-old former Welsh international Gavin Williams back into their squad for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game at Ninian Park, Cardiff.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town welcome 27-year-old former Welsh international Gavin Williams back into their squad for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game at Ninian Park, Cardiff (kick-off noon).
Williams has been out since damaging ankle ligaments in the pre-season friendly against Panathinaikos at Portman Road, and Blues boss Jim Magilton is pleased to be able to call on Williams again.
“Gavin can give us a big boost for the remainder of the season and his inclusion in the squad is a lift for him and for us,” said Magilton. “We won't be taking any chances with him tomorrow, but he is in the squad and that is great.”
Leading scorer Alan Lee is set to keep his place up front after training all week. He had to leave the field early in the demolition of Bristol City in Town's last game, but his Achilles problem has cleared.
Like goalkeeper Neil Alexander, Lee will be facing his former club.
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Key midfielder Owen Garvan (calf), had a work out yesterday and if he shows no reactions today he will also be in the squad, while Billy Clarke (thigh), will also be assessed today.
“We have two home games coming up so I will not be taking any chances with either Owen or Billy,” said Magilton.
“We have been showing some promise away from home, and are looking to record our first away win.
“If we can take care of Cardiff, we then set our sights on Southampton on Tuesday and Barnsley on Saturday. It could be a pivotal week for us.
“While we should fancy our chances at Cardiff, they will look at our away record and see the game as a chance to give their campaign a kick-start.”
Lee is looking forward to going back to Cardiff despite experiencing a “difficult” couple of years at Ninian Park.
The 29-year-old striker, who has fallen on his feet since former Town manager Joe Royle paid a reported £100,000 for his signature in January 2006, is in the form of his career with eight goals so far this season.
The former Republic of Ireland international made 55 starts and 41 substitute appearances during his time at Cardiff - scoring 12 goals.
“I still have a number of good friends in Cardiff and keep in touch with what is going on,” said Lee. “It was a difficult couple of years in some respects with injuries not helping.”
Lee is comfortably settled in a cottage on the Suffolk/Essex border in the midst of Constable Country, and admits to loving East Anglia.
“Everything about my move to Ipswich has been great,” added Lee. “I am just happy to be playing for this football club.”
Cardiff manager David Jones needs a win to stave off calls for his dismissal.
He has every player fit apart from defender Riccardo Scimeca, and is set to make changes from the side that lost 3-0 at Charlton two weeks ago.
The game starts early so as not to clash with a rugby union international at the Millennium Stadium.
POLISH international midfielder Damian Gorawski is to extend his trial with Ipswich Town. The 28-year-old has impressed this week, and manager Jim Magilton wants to see him in a game before making a decision.
“Damian might go home and then come back as a game is not likely for a while,” said Magilton.