Ipswich Town have been handed a huge blow ahead of their game against Shrewsbury Town with the news that they will be without an important first-team player, according to The East Anglian Daily Times.
With the international break nearly upon us, each national side is now calling up the squads that they want to take part in the next round of fixtures.
One players that has been handed a call-up is Bersant Celina, which is bad news for the Tractor Boys, as it means he will now miss the club’s games against Gillingham (in the Papa John’s Trophy) and Shrewsbury.
The attacking midfielder has played an important role for Paul Cook’s team over the course of the past few weeks, so for him to now have to leave during an important run of fixtures is no doubt a hindrance to the team.
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Celina has played in only three fixtures so far this campaign but bagged two assists in his club’s win over Doncaster in midweek and has looked the kind of creative spark that Ipswich needed to try and get further up the table.
As for Sam Morsy, he’s only featured in one game and that too was the Tractor Boy’s 6-0 win over Doncaster. In that game, he was solid and formed part of a brilliant partnership in the centre of the field with Lee Evans. He too could have received a call-up and was actually named in Egypt’s initial squad but he has not made the cut and will now be able to feature for his club.
Celina though has been called up for the Kosovo national side, so will be unable to take part in the two games after this weekend.
Ipswich Town have certainly got the capability to replace Celina, having invested a lot of money into their squad but it will still be a huge loss for the Tractor Boys.
He hasn’t been a huge mainstay in the side and other players at the club have racked up more appearances so far this season but Celina has come into the starting eleven in his own time and made his mark.
Although Doncaster are struggling, you can’t take anything away from Ipswich’s superb 6-0 win over them on Tuesday. The Kosovo man had a key part to play in that result, as he provided an important creative spark.
For Celina to miss out on the club’s next two fixtures after this weekend will be hard for the League One side to deal with – but they do have the personnel to find suitable replacements for now.