Ipswich Town will be aiming to kick-start their 2021/22 campaign tomorrow when they host Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road.
After missing out on a place in the play-offs earlier this year, the Tractor Boys would have been determined to give their supporters something to shout about during the opening weeks of the new term.
However, despite Paul Cook’s decision to completely overhaul the club’s squad during the summer transfer window, Ipswich have yet to deliver the goods in League One.
Currently 21st in the third-tier standings, the Tractor Boys know that they will need to pick up their performance levels in the coming months if they are to launch a bid for automatic promotion next year.
Whereas some of the club’s players have struggled to adapt to life under the guidance of Cook, Kyle Edwards has managed to illustrate some real signs of promise this season.
Currently averaging the fourth-highest average WhoScored match rating (6.89) at the club, the 23-year-old could emerge as a key player for Ipswich if he continues to make considerable strides in terms of his development.
Although Edwards would have been hoping to feature for the Tractor Boys this weekend, it has now been revealed that the left-midfielder is set to miss out due to injury.
As confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account, Edwards will be forced to watch on from the sidelines on Saturday as a result of a knock.
Paul Cook has confirmed that Kyle Edwards will miss tomorrow’s game with Bolton at Portman Road with a knock, but emphasised that it is not a long-term injury for the winger.#itfc pic.twitter.com/FocrGTLI4K
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) September 10, 2021
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times in his pre-match press conference for the Bolton fixture about the severity of the former West Bromwich Albion man’s issue, Cook said: “Kyle Edwards won’t be out for a long time, that’s all I can say.”
This is unquestionably a blow for Ipswich as Edwards has managed to make a relatively positive start to life at the club and would have been hoping to help his side seal all three points this weekend.
With Bersant Celina also set to miss the Tractor Boys’ clash with Bolton, Cook may need to look towards the likes of Sone Aluko and Louie Barry for inspiration as both players are capable of featuring in a wide position.
Considering that Edwards’ issue is not believed to be too serious, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he makes his return to action in the not too distant future.
By adding goals and assists to his game, the left-midfielder could potentially play a major role for his side as they look to secure a return to the Championship in 2022.