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Venus needs knee op

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:13 24 February 2010

MARK Venus will today undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee and could be out of action for almost a month.

The 35-year-old defender has been troubled with injury for six weeks now and a specialist recently discovered he had a slight tear in the knee.

MARK Venus will today undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee and could be out of action for almost a month, writes Derek Davis.

The 35-year-old defender has been troubled with injury for six weeks now and a specialist recently discovered he had a slight tear in the knee.

Venus last played for Ipswich on December 7 when he started in the 2-1 defeat against Rotherham but was replaced by Darren Ambrose after 58 minutes.

He has been a stalwart in the Town defence since signing from Wolves as part of a deal which took Steve Sedgley to Molineux in the summer of 1997.

The lethal left foot from last season's Player of the Year, who excels in free-kicks and corners, has made 12 appearances this season but his absence has forced Chris Makin to fill in manfully in a three-man defence.

With his contract running out in the summer, Venus will be desperate to return in time to help Ipswich reach the play-offs and make his second appearance in the final after playing at Wembley in May 2000. Venus has not found the net this season but his 19 goals in 184 appearances include a powerful 30-yard thunderbolt at Southampton last season.


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