Date: 10th November 2016 at 4:06pm
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Adam Webster is likely to be out of action for three to four weeks with a groin strain incurred in our last encounter with Sheffield Wednesday and it means, he will miss the live televised game against Nottingham Forest, on the 19th November.

This is a big blow and it comes in advance of of our international involvement which will see David McGoldrick, Jonny Williams, Christophe Berra and Tom Lawrence, likely to play some part in proceedings for the respective countries.

The injury list at Town has been improving of late but those World Cup international encounters threaten to exacerbate the situation yet further and at a time when we need all hands on deck!

From an entirely selfish point of view, I can only hope that they get as little game time as possible and this is especially the case with Irishman David McGoldrick, who is regarded at Ipswich Town football club as the glass man.

Christophe Berra could see some of the action against England in a game when the Scots defence is likely to be tested to the full and it is in these situations that most injuries occur.

As for Wales, we can probably breath a sigh of relief, as I doubt whether Jonny Williams or indeed Tom Lawrence will get much game time at all and in the case of Jonny on the spot, I guess that has to be good news!

I know that the international breaks are a necessary evil but they do seriously disrupt our league campaign and the risk of injuries to any of our key players merely compounds the problem.

Looking on the bright side however, we are not blessed with oodles of talent in our squad so this means that half of the players on international duty do not belong to us anyway.

Many team players are simply not good enough to represent their country and others will jump at the chance of gaining honours with smaller nations, like a tiny island in the Indian Ocean – simply because he could never seriously represent the French!

Brett Pitman is eager to play for Jersey but there is of course one major catch. A UEFA rule introduced after Gibraltar`s successful application makes Jersey’s attempt more difficult as the island isn`t a sovereign nation.

There is still hope for him though because this small island is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Pitman remains focused on the possibility of international football.

‘If Jersey can do it, it’s something I would want to do. I’d want to come and play for Jersey for sure, if that was possible,’ he explained to BBC Sport.


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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