Bottom of the Championship, nine points adrift of safety, having just lost to their bitter rivals Norwich 3-0, it’s fair to say it is a dire situation at Ipswich Town.
But just when Town manager Paul Lambert may have thought it could not get any worse, he now has to contend with the news that his top scorer Freddie Sears will be side-lined for at least nine months, after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in the East Anglian derby at the weekend, as confirmed on the club website.
So how big a blow is the loss of Sears for Ipswich Town?
“I’ve not seen him amongst the goals much recently.
“In fact, I thought he’d been out of the side.
“I’m not a big fan of Sears, I don’t think it’ll be a blow that changes their season.
“They’re going down anyway.”
“This could all but end their hopes of staying up.
“Sears may not have made the most notable of contributions this season, but his work rate is second to none.
“He’ll be a huge miss for Ipswich, and I fear that his absence could be the final nail in the coffin for the Tractor Boys.”
“It’s a monumental blow.
“Ipswich aren’t the best of teams going forward don’t get me wrong, but Sears is their only real attacking spark.
“He is their top goalscorer too, so losing him could be detrimental in their already slim chances of staying up this season.”
“It’s just another black mark in their dire campaign, to be honest.
“Sometimes the universe conspires against you and this season is Ipswich’s time to fall foul of the things out of their control.
“It never rains, it pours, and that is Ipswich’s current luck, it’s a huge blow.”