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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

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.

Andy Warren gives his observations following Ipswich Town’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Portman Road this afternoon.

Paul Lambert always felt his first win as Ipswich manager would be a scruffy one, with the Scot proud of his players after they saw out seven minutes of stoppage time to secure three points against Wigan.

It wasn’t pretty, but Freddie Sears’ deflected goal was enough to secure Ipswich Town’s first home win since April this afternoon.

Ipswich Town beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Portman Road this afternoon. Relive the action here.

Ipswich Town fans have been giving their reactions to today’s 1-0 win over Wigan at Portman Road...

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

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