Keane hopes for Smith return
Ipswich boss Roy Keane hopes Tommy Smith will return from injury after the international break.
Last Updated: 02/11/09 8:43pm
Ipswich manager Roy Keane hopes to be boosted by the return from injury of teenage defender Tommy Smith after the international break.
The 19-year-old missed the Tractor Boys' long-awaited first win of the season against Derby after suffering an injury to his hand during a practice match.
But Keane is optimistic that, in a best-case scenario, Smith may be back in action in a fortnight.
"Tommy hurt his hand in the last seconds of a practice match on Thursday," the Ipswich boss told the club's official website.
"It was a nasty injury with two fingers dislocated and one of the bones coming through his hand so we had to take him straight to hospital.
"He had the operation on Thursday night and will be out for two or three weeks.
"It's a blow because he's been doing well for us. He's a tough lad though and hopefully he will be back after the international break is over."