Priskin shrugs off injury scare

TAMAS Priskin was guilty of missing a sitter at Millwall last weekend, but Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell believes that his front-man will bounce back with a vengeance.

TAMAS Priskin was guilty of missing a sitter at Millwall last weekend, but Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell believes that his front-man will bounce back with a vengeance.

And that’s despite the Hungarian international nursing a sore ankle all week.

Priskin, the scorer of Town’s first goal under new manager Jewell, only resumed training yesterday, although Jewell is confident that he will be fighting fit to play against Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.

Priskin broke the deadlock in Town’s 2-1 defeat at Millwall last Saturday, which was Jewell’s first official game in charge, although he was also guilty of missing a sitter when Town were still 1-0 up.


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Jewell reckons that Priskin’s miss will not prey on his mind.

“Every striker misses opportunities. They all miss more than they score,” explained Jewell.

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“I don’t think his miss at Millwall will affect him. He’s a confident lad and he’s got two goals in two games.

“He had a nasty knock on his ankle, which was swollen quite badly during half-time at Millwall, so he did well to get through that game.

“He trained today (Thursday), for the first time this week, because of that knock. But he will be fine,” added Jewell.

Priskin was crowned a hero when scoring a 78th minute winner in the famous 1-0 win over Arsenal last week, in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. The second leg is at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Town’s list of injuries has shrunk, to such an extent that only keeper Brian Murphy remains on the sidelines.

Jewell revealed yesterday that Shane O’Connor, who dislocated his shoulder in training before Christmas, is back on the training ground, while defender Troy Brown will also be pushing for a return to the squad after turning out for the Reserves in midweek.

Brown headed home the opener in a 2-0 win over Fulham, in what was a behind-closed-doors friendly.

“Shane has trained all week. He’s feisty and he’s fit!” insisted Jewell.

“And Troy is also available for selection this weekend.”

O’Connor had impressed on his return to the team with a man-of-the-match display, as a left winger rather than left-back, in Town’s 3-0 win over Leicester City before Christmas. That remains Town’s only victory in their last 10 league games.

Brown has missed the last two games due to tight hamstrings.

The news surrounding Jake Livermore, who endured a stop-start three months on loan at Ipswich, is not so encouraging. He has certainly played his last game in a Town shirt, unless he returns to the club at a later date.

Midfielder Livermore has been back at Tottenham for the last fortnight, after suffering a groin injury during the 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest, and he might now need an operation.

Jewell said: “I have seen the physio reports from Tottenham, and he might well need surgery, which will keep him out for six to eight weeks.”

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