It’s been nearly 17 months after he last stepped on a football pitch for a competitive match, but the finish line is in sight for Kane Vincent-Young.
The 25-year-old right-back has had the year-and-a-half from hell, suffering injuries to his groin, adductor, achilles, calf and knee, and Ipswich fans haven’t seen him since October 2019.
That was just two months after he joined from Colchester United on a four-year deal, and at the time he was an exciting signing but he was soon the forgotten man.
Forgotten no more though as Paul Cook confirmed to the press today that Vincent-Young will return to the Tractor Boys squad for the trip to play-off contending rivals Portsmouth tomorrow afternoon.
It comes just a month after Vincent-Young suffered another setback on his road to recovery, picking up a knee problem in training.
But he’s now hoping that all his issues are behind him and right-back is a position where Ipswich do need some assistance, with experienced natural centre-half Luke Chambers playing there for most of the season.
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Vincent-Young offers more of an attacking threat and is far more pacey than Chambers, and his return can’t come soon enough for some.
Ipswich fans have been reacting to the news that Vincent-Young’s return is imminent and it’s fair to say that they’re excited by the prospect of seeing him in the team in the near future.
About time, hopefully stay fit for the run in. pic.twitter.com/DsK1RlAlyw
— Dale Edwards (@DaleEdwards10) March 19, 2021
Great to see. Let’s bring him in slowly and keep him in. Could be the difference between mid table mediocrity and promotion
— Chris (Wardy) Wardman (@wardytractorboy) March 19, 2021
Great news @KVincentYoung – so pleased to see you back! Let's hope the injury nightmare is finally behind you! 👍👏
— Rob Hewes 💙 (@u2itfc) March 19, 2021
This is massive for us, game changer in terms of making the playoffs
— Wayne Joshua (@waynejoshua1976) March 19, 2021
This is the biggest news of the season #itfc
— george (@henrycass91) March 19, 2021
— Matt Francis (@MattWHF) March 19, 2021
— andrew barnard (@Felstedboy) March 19, 2021
He’s backkkk 😍😍😍
— Jack Maddicott 🚜🇺🇸 (@JMaddicott) March 19, 2021
Thank the lord 🙌🏼
— Lee Kerridge (@Leekerridge14) March 19, 2021
— Steve Lewis (@lewyitfc) March 19, 2021