Forster boost for Ipswich
By Patrick Whyte
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ipswich Town have been lifted by the news that Nicky Forster does not need surgery.
Ipswich Town's injury problems look to have eased with the news that Nicky Forster does not need a knee operation.
The former Reading man has missed the last four games since picking up the knock against Hull City in December.
The 32-year-old was due to have an operation on Wednesday, but doctors have now decided that the exploratory surgery will not go ahead.
Joe Royle's striking options are currently limited with leading scorer Sam Parkin on the sidelines with a broken ankle and Adam Proudlock not available due to recurring knee problems.
However, Royle appears happy with the news that one of his forwards will be back in action soon.
"The surgeon has now decided not to operate and Nicky is back in training with a view to playing as quickly as possible," said Royle.
"We are quite happy if he is not going to come under the knife and while it is unlikely he will be ready for Saturday's game at Southampton, we are certainly not writing him off at this stage.
"Nicky's knee was inflamed and badly jarred. It's the same one where he had a cartilage operation earlier in the season and there was a reaction. But it's settled down, he's back in training and we are hopeful of him playing again soon."