It is bad enough to lose your first choice keeper and wing back without having to suffer the ignominy of also losing your star midfielders too!
As Town take on in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening, Town boss Mick McCarthy will be only too aware that the next three games could go a long way to determining our progress this season.
The first acid test is tonight, when we finally get to find out how strong our squad is? The absence of both Jonny Williams and Teddy Bishop are of course big blows and our defence is looking rather depleted too, with both right back Jonathan Parr and goalkeeper Dean Gerken are also sidelined.
The other absentee of course is Cole Skuse but this could be a blessing in disguise as without him our midfield will be much more focused on attack.
The second acid test comes on Saturday when we entertain another serious promotion candidate in Watford, who are currently top of the table and let’s not forget, they have been a bogey team of ours for as long as I care to remember!
Immediately after the enforced international break (which I happen to loathe by the way) we are away to Bournemouth, who are second in the table as we speak.
Let us hope we have some of our first team back in action by then because it is a big ask to get much from any of these games and our best hope is to start with an unlikely victory this evening at home I would have thought.
By nature though Town often baffle to deceive and in David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy our manager is right when he suggests we have two of the best strikers in the Championship and long may this continue!
Losing so many first team players will make life difficult but sometimes in the face of adversity Ipswich find an extra gear and if we win tonight we will go back into those illusive play-off places and be fully primed for what lies ahead!
Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich