Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has revealed that defender Kane Vincent-Young could return to action against Blackpool in League One tomorrow.
The 23-year-old has impressed for Ipswich so far this season, but has spent the past few weeks on the sidelines after picking up a groin problem in 3-1 at Southend United last month – an injury that required surgery.
Lambert told the club’s media at his press conference this morning that the right-back has returned to training and admitted that he could return to action against the Tangerines at Portman Road tomorrow.
However, the Ipswich boss also said that he will wait to see how Vincent-Young performs in training before making his decision and insisted that he will not put pressure on the player to return if he does not feel ready.
He said: “Kane is doing well, there’s no pressure from any of us. He’s training this morning so we will see how he feels and judge him from there.”
The game against Blackpool tomorrow will be Ipswich’s first league game in just under three weeks.
The Tractor Boys have been forced to turn their attention to the cup competitions in recent games, with Lambert resting some of his key players and giving some of his youngsters the chance to impress.
However, Lambert has also revealed that the players had an in-house game this week in order to keep their fitness levels up and has insisted that his side are prepared for the game tomorrow.
He added: “We had an in-house game here in the week, so the lads have had minutes and we’re ready for the game tomorrow.”
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This is good news for Ipswich. After joining the club from Colchester United in the summer, Vincent-Young has been an important player for the Tractor Boys this season and has impressed hugely with his performances at right-back.
It’ll be a big boost for Lambert to have the defender back available for selection again, but he seems keen to give the defender as much time as he needs to recover from his setback – which is a sensible decision.
It’ll be interesting to see if Vincent-Young returns to the starting line-up tomorrow, or whether Lambert will decide to give him more time.
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