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Player makes Ipswich Town return

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Ipswich Town have recalled defender Chris Smith from a loan spell at Chelmsford City amidst an injury crisis.

The 20-year-old has been with Chelmsford for the majority of the season, but has been called back following injuries to Luke Chambers and Adam Webster.  Chambers has injuries to his shoulder and ribs, whilst Webster has injured his hamstring.

Smith recently signed a one-year contract extension at Portman Road and has played 28 times for Chelmsford as they look to earn promotion to the National League.

He leaves them just on the edge of the play off race.

In January, then-manager McCarthy told the East Anglian Daily Times; “He looks like more of a bloke. He’s been playing in that level where you have to stand up for yourself because it’s a physical game and it’s not the Under-23s. Chris looks like an accomplished player and I hope he can (have a first team future). Until they’re playing it you will never find out I guess.”

Mick McCarthy left Portman Road in the week ahead of schedule, making the trip to Nottingham Forest the first with Bryan Klug in the role of caretaker manager.

The Verdict

Why not bring the youngster back, Ipswich have nothing to play for and nothing to lose. The catalyst may well be the injuries, but it seems a great time to give him a go.

By all accounts, he’s done very well in the National League South and could well be a big asset at Portman Road next season.

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