Date: 14th October 2010 at 9:00pm
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Ipswich Town defender Darren O’Dea will be out for around six weeks after having surgery to treat his ongoing knee problem.

The Celtic loanee has not been 100% fit since suffering the knock to his knee whilst on international duty with Republic of Ireland in early September. Despite that, he had featured in all but one of Ipswich’s league matches in September, but having been a late withdrawal from the starting lineup against Leeds on 2nd October, the 23-year-old now looks set to be out until late November.

O’Dea’s layoff is the latest in a long line of injury problems which Town have suffered from this season, particularly at the back. Left-back Shane O’Connor and long-term absentees Damien Delaney and Luciano Civelli have been slowly making their way back to fitness having each played 90 minutes for the reserves in a 3-3 draw against Millwall on Tuesday, O’Connor getting on the scoresheet. Mark Kennedy, Carlos Edwards, Connor Wickham and Gareth McAuley have all had spells on the sidelines so far this season, while Alan Quinn continues to suffer with a groin problem that he picked up during pre-season.

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