Williams on his way?
IPSWICH Town are considering terminating Chris Bart-Williams' loan spell early and returning him to Charlton Athletic.The midfielder is suspended for Saturday's game at Derby County and it looks likely that the game at Nottingham Forest on November 15 will be called off due to international call-ups.
IPSWICH Town are considering terminating Chris Bart-Williams' loan spell early and returning him to Charlton Athletic.
The midfielder is suspended for Saturday's game at Derby County and it looks likely that the game at Nottingham Forest on November 15 will be called off due to international call-ups.
With Tommy Miller fit and Ian Westlake making an impression in midfield now, it is an area where the Blues are not too badly off.
More of a concern for Town is who fills in at centre-back with Richard Naylor also serving a one-match ban for five bookings.
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Bart-Williams' current loan spell ends on Friday November 14 and although Town have an option for a third month, Blues boss Joe Royle may feel there is no need.
Royle last night said: "We are having a look at that situation. We are well aware of the dates of the loan agreement."
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The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday player has been substituted in the last two Town games with a resurgent Jermaine Wright settling into the anchor role and doing well.
Royle was not overly concerned that Bart-Williams chose not to stay and watch Town make a fight-back after being replaced by Tommy Miller but instead trotted down the tunnel.
Royle said: "It is no issue. Some players prefer to go straight to the dressing room, others stay in the dug out."
Alan Curbishley is unlikely to object if Town did want to extend the loan spell as he has no place for the midfielder in his plans.
His return would save on wages, which could be used to bring in another loan player if necessary as Royle assesses his defensive department.
It is hoped John McGreal will feel confident enough to be involved at Pride Park once he has completed 75 minutes of the reserve game against Nottingham Forest, tomorrow, at Portman Road.
He would be the ideal replacement for Naylor, with Gerard Nash out with a twisted knee and Aidan Collins not recovered from an ankle injury.
The next option would probably be Fabian Wilnis going into the middle alongside Georges Santos and Scott Mitchell, who has been performing well in the second string, making his senior debut at right back.
Martijn Reuser will also get some match fitness for the reserves and it is hoped Darren Bent will be able to return after a knee injury and play up front alongside Dean Bowditch.
Meanwhile, James Pullen hopes to make his Peterborough United debut tonight in the LDV Vans Cup against Brentford after completing an initial one month's loan spell.