Royle keeping fingers crossed over Lee
IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle is keeping his fingers that striker Alan Lee comes through a full training session tomorrow.“A fit Alan would solve our striking selection problem for our home match against Millwall on Saturday,” said Royle last night.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle is keeping his fingers that striker Alan Lee comes through a full training session tomorrow.
“A fit Alan would solve our striking selection problem for our home match against Millwall on Saturday,” said Royle last night.
“He has been working with physio Dave Williams and fitness coach Simon Thadani this week, and the plan is for him to take part in full training on Thursday.
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“But we know that we cannot jump the gun as hamstring injuries can take time to heal as Chelsea's Frank Lampard has found out over the last 10 days.”
Lee suffered a slight tear in his hamstring against Crewe on Valentine's Day and although in the squad for the postponed game at Preston last weekend he would not have played.
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The ex-Cardiff man, who has scored four goals in six Ipswich games, has suffered no adverse reaction this week.
With Ricardo Fuller serving a one-match suspension on Saturday, Lee's return would be a big boost.
“Youngsters Danny Haynes and Dean McDonald are a better bet to be playing alongside an experienced and proven striker,” added Royle, who looks like having a selection dilemma in midfield with the return to fitness of Frenchman Jimmy Juan.
“These are the problems I don't mind,” said Royle. “It would be nice if we had them up front after a season where one striker after another has gone down with an injury.”
Juan joins Darren Currie, Owen Garvan, Ian Westlake and Matt Richards in fighting for a midfield berth.
The back four picks itself with Fabian Wilnis training normally after his knee problem and Richard Naylor and Jason De Vos back at work after resting niggles.
Next Monday's reserve game with Watford has been postponed due to the rearrangement of the Preston first-team match for the following day.
Doncaster have announced that 33-year-old midfielder Kevin Horlock has agreed another month's loan at the Belle Vue-based club.
Horlock, who has been told he can leave Portman Road at the end of the season, has been training with the Blues for the last two days.