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Yeovil Town v Colchester United, team news: John McGreal will leave it late to pick his team

PUBLISHED: 13:28 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 29 September 2017

Sammie Szmodics, firing in a shot against Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Sammie Szmodics, firing in a shot against Crawley. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Sammie Szmodics will be out for weeks, rather than months, after being stretchered off during Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against Grimsby.

It was initially feared that Szmodics might have broken his leg in a similar place to where he sustained an injury at Crewe in March, but instead the 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been sidelined by ankle ligament damage.

The U’s leading scorer had only been on the pitch for six minutes, as a substitute, when the incident occurred at Blundell Park.

“Sammie’s is more like an ankle injury, which is good news in a way, because we thought he might have had a re-break at the bottom of his leg, so its weeks rather than months out,” revealed McGreal. “So it’s great news with the extent of it, although it’s still a huge blow.

“We gave him a breather at Grimsby, knowing all his injuries from last season. We wanted to bring him on (as a substitute) to have an effect.”

- Ryan Inniss interview

Szmodics begins his lay-off with tomorrow’s trip to Yeovil Town, although boss McGreal is hoping that defender Tom Eastman might be back in the squad after a tweaked hamstring.

Eastman sat out the draw at Grimsby, with McGreal also opting to go with a 4-4-2 formation, rather than a three-at-the-back system.

“We have been assessing Tom (Eastman) for the last 48 hours,” said McGreal.

“We have Cole (Kpekawa) who can fill in now, and Cameron (James) as well, so it’s food for thought this week (in terms of team formation).

“I will be picking the team as late as I can, a bit like on Tuesday.”

Striker Brandan Hanlan is nursing a groin injury, but should feature, while captain Tom Lapslie is available again after his one-match suspension.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is keen to add some Championship experience to his relegation-battling squad as soon as possible in January. In part one of this feature, STUART WATSON looks at some midfielders who fit the bill.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features an abadoned match with Man City and Jon Stead scoring in 29 seconds.....

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

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