Key man Ibrahima Sonko could return for Ipswich Town

KEY-MAN Ibrahima Sonko could return to bolster Ipswich Town’s leaky defence for Saturday’s crunch visit of Watford.

The Blues have conceded 13 goals in their last four games while the Senegalese centre-back was absent with a torn hamstring.

Indeed, 17 of their 20 Championship points this season have come with him in the side.

The 30-year-old was an unused substitute in the embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Burnley on Tuesday night and has trained all week.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Paul Jewell has ruled out skipper Grant Leadbitter (groin tear) and keeper Richard Wright (shoulder) – both having missed the midweek debacle at Turf Moor.


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First choice keeper David Stockdale has returned to light training, but he remains touch-and-go for Saturday leaving Arran Lee-Barrett – impressive on Tuesday – in line to start a second game in succession.

Daryl Murphy was substituted just before half-time at Burnley, with Jewell confirming – despite the striker’s hamstring being a little tight – that it was a tactical switch.

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