Martin back, but Lisbie has heard nothing

LEE Martin is back, but fellow loanee Kevin Lisbie has heard nothing about a similar January return to Ipswich Town.

LEE Martin is back, but fellow loanee Kevin Lisbie has heard nothing about a similar January return to Ipswich Town.

Winger Martin was yesterday recalled from his season-long loan spell at Charlton, with Town exercising their option of a 24-hour recall during the January transfer window.

However Lisbie, who is on the same deal at London rivals Millwall - on loan for the season but with the 24-hour recall option in place - revealed last night that he had not yet been approached by Town, with a view to coming back to Portman Road.

“I haven’t heard anything at the moment, and I’m not exactly waiting by my phone,” revealed Lisbie.


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“But if Ipswich were to call me back, then it would presumably be to go straight back into the team. If something happens, then it happens, and I would see out my final few months at Ipswich.

“I have nothing against the club, and I know that they could call me back at any time this month. There’s a new manager in place and there’s 12 days left for them to come in for me.

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“I don’t like to see Ipswich struggling. I’ve been a part of the squad, and even though people always say this, I firmly believe that they are too good to go down.

“The squad is too strong. I have no problem with coming back, even though things are going well at Millwall,” added Lisbie.

Goal-poacher Lisbie, whose current Ipswich contract expires this summer, was not allowed to play against his parent club on Saturday.

“In fact, he chose to stay away from The New Den, and so did not witness Millwall’s 2-1 win over Town.

“I thought it best not to show my face,” quipped Lisbie.

Meanwhile, Martin will be hoping to succeed second time around at Portman Road, after new boss Paul Jewell recalled him from The Valley. The 23-year-old is set to go straight into the squad for this Saturday’s home game against Doncaster Rovers.

Martin failed to deliver during his first season at Portman Road, under former manager Roy Keane, but the slate has now been wiped clean following Jewell’s arrival at the start of last week.

And Martin should be encouraged by the fact that Jewell, while he was manager of Wigan Athletic, kept a close eye on the talented wide-man during his days in Manchester United Reserves.

Keane originally splashed out the cash to recruit Martin from Manchester United for �1.6m in the summer of 2009, on a lucrative four-year deal, but he struggled to make an impact in a struggling team.

He started just nine games in the Championship, scoring just once in a 3-3 draw at Doncaster Rovers in mid-September, 2009.

Having been in the 18-man squad for Town’s first 13 league games of the campaign, none of which were won, he only started one more game last season.

Pablo Counago, the other player currently on a season-long loan, at Crystal Palace, does not have a 24-hour recall clause in his contract.

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