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Blues suffer huge Walters blow as striker is ruled out for six months with achilles injury

PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 26 September 2018

Jon Walters looks to have played his final game for Ipswich Town after suffering an achilles injury.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Jon Walters looks to have played his final game for Ipswich Town after suffering an achilles injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Ipswich Town have been dealt a major blow with the news veteran striker Jon Walters has been ruled out for six months with an achilles injury.

Jonathan Walters pulls up with a calf injury.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJonathan Walters pulls up with a calf injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The striker pulled up just seven minutes after coming on against Bolton on Saturday, having been nursing an achilles problem in the lead-up to the game.

Manager Paul Hurst said after the game that it appeared Walters had suffered a calf problem, but the club have now confirmed the 35-year-old has a partially ruptured achilles tendon.

He does not require surgery but will undergo his rehab at parent club Burnley, with his loan due to expire in January.

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It’s likely he’s played his final game for Ipswich, following his return for a second spell at the end of the August loan window.

Physio Matt Byard treats Jonathan Walters after he had pulled up with injury.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMPhysio Matt Byard treats Jonathan Walters after he had pulled up with injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“I’m obviously gutted with the news,” Walters said.

“That’s football though. That’s life I suppose as well and while I’m really disappointed, there are a lot of people worse off than me.

“I’ll work hard and get back to fitness as soon as I can. I’ve enjoyed being back here and I want to wish the club all the best for the rest of the season.”

Speaking after Saturday’s game, Hurst said: “Clearly it was the wrong decision to involve him, and I’m the one who makes that decision I’ll be the first to say.

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“He trained yesterday, said he felt fine and we said we’d look again in the morning. He said he was fine and I have to say he’s an experienced pro who was desperate to be involved and if he wasn’t ok to go he wouldn’t have put himself up for selection.

“Was it a calculated risk? Genuinely the information we were getting said it wouldn’t make anything any worse. I think it’s his calf rather than the Achilles but, at the same time you have to say maybe his other muscles are working harder to compensate for that.”

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