Lee blow for Ipswich
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Lee is to undergo surgery on his groin and is likely to miss the start of the season.
Ipswich's injury problems are threatening to resurface ahead of the new season, with Alan Lee set to undergo a groin operation.
A series of fitness problems derailed Town's Championship campaign last season, with Sam Parkin sitting out for long periods with a broken ankle and Nicky Forster suffering from knee problems.
They are both hoping to be fit for the start of the new season, but Lee is a much more pressing concern.
The 27-year-old is expected to need eight weeks in order to fully recover from surgery, making him a serious doubt for Ipswich's first game on August 5.
"Sam and myself have a lot of work to do during the summer months," said Forster.
"Next season is a vital one for me and I know the importance of it. My plan - like Sam - is to come back firing on all cylinders for the start of the season."