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Westlake is raring to go for Blues

PUBLISHED: 07:54 17 November 2005 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 February 2010

IAN Westlake is fit and ready but knows a starting return against Coventry City on Saturday is by no means a certainty.

IAN Westlake is fit and ready but knows a starting return against Coventry City on Saturday is by no means a certainty, writes Derek Davis.

The Blues energetic midfielder returned to first-team action with a substitute appearance against Plymouth almost a fortnight ago after an ankle injury.

He played 90 minutes for the reserves on Monday against Spurs and while the 21-year-old was a virtual fixture in Joe Royle's starting line-up before he suffered an ankle problem, Town's ever-growing complement of midfielders means Westlake is not taking anything for granted.

The Blues boss has a plethora of midfielders to choose from, although Owen Garvan remains on the injured list while Vemund Brekke-Skard needs a groin operation but can't play until January anyway.

Matt Richards opened a few eyes with his performances in central middle against Derby and Plymouth, while Jimmy Juan has also impressed as he gets used to English football.

With Kevin Horlock and Jim Magilton proven veterans, Darren Currie a serial match-winner, and Adam Proudlock, Dean Bowditch and Jaime Peters comfortable playing in wide midfield, competition for places is fierce.

Westlake said: “It is a big squad now with a lot of good players so the first thing for me is to be in the squad.

“It is good to have the competition but hopefully I can be involved.”

Wales international midfielder Gavin Williams has been added to the mix and barring any reaction to last night's game in Cyprus, is almost a definite starter at Coventry City on Saturday.

Westlake said: “Gavin has looked good - really tidy and a good player, it will be good to play with him, if I'm in the team.”

The Blues drew 2-2 with City at Portman Road last month and will be looking to maintain their record of never having lost to them this century.

Micky Adams' side have slipped to fourth bottom of the Championship while Ipswich are in mid-table and only two points off the play-off places.

Westlake sees this as a good opportunity for Town to kick on but is not looking at how poorly City are doing, rather how Ipswich are improving.

He said: “ I don't worry about how well, or otherwise Coventry are playing we have to concentrate on what we are doing.”

n Ipswich Town's game at Norwich City on Sunday, February 5 will now kick off at 11.15am at the request of Sky TV.

Ipswich Town trio Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Trevoh Chalobah could have the chance to impress the club’s new management when England’s Under-20s take on Germany in Colchester tonight (7pm ko).

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we remember when Danny Haynes scored twice against Norwich as Town win the East Anglian derby

ANDY WARREN spoke to new Ipswich Town first-team coach Matt Gill about his time at Norwich and his start to life under Paul Lambert at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says winger Danny Rowe needs to get fitter if he is to feature more for the first team.

Sir Alf Ramsey was one of Ipswich Town and England’s greatest-ever managers. Some would say he WAS the greatest. Few reporters had the access to Sir Alf as former EADT/Ipswich Star and Green’Un editor TONY GARNETT enjoyed. Here are some of his memories

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we feature wins over Leicester City and Manchester United among others.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

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