Date: 2nd December 2009 at 11:13pm
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Ipswich are facing up to a goalkeeper crisis with the news that Richard Wright will be out until around March.

Last season’s player of the year injured his knee on Sunday against Cardiff and had to be replaced after just 25 minutes on his return to the first team. Arran Lee-Barrett came on for his debut, and is now the only recognised senior keeper available at the club.

Wrighty was only in goal because loan keeper Asmir Begovic, who had started the previous six games, returned to parent club Portsmouth because their first choice stopper David James is injured.

‘Richard has a partial tear to his cruciate ligament,’ physio Matt Byard explained to the club site.

‘We will manage his recovery conservatively and at this stage we are very hopeful that he will not require surgery. You can never be exact in a recovery time but with this type of injury, we expect Richard to be out for around four months.’

Long term injuries have hindered poor ol’ Wrighty’s career – knee injuries kept him out for season’s at a time when playing for Arsenal and Everton, which probably also cost him a few more international caps with England. All the best in your recovery, Plug.

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