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Ipswich: James Norwood could be fit for Tractor Boys’ next match

Ipswich: James Norwood could be fit for Tractor Boys’ next match

Ipswich have been handed a fitness boost with the news that striker James Norwood is in line to return for their next League One match.

East Anglian Daily Times reported that the 29-year-old is back from Germany after a successful surgical procedure on a nerve issue in his groin and is hopeful of a return to action for the visit to Accrington Stanley on October 20th.

Ipswich assistant manager Stuart Taylor told East Anglian Daily Times that Norwood is expected back in training from next Monday, with the Tractor Boys feeling confident that he’ll be back in time for the trip to the Crown Ground.

Norwood has been a regular in the Ipswich line-up since joining from Tranmere in the summer, playing in all of their League One matches to date and starting all but one. [via TransferMarkt]

His return of five goals is surpassed only by Kayden Jackson within the Ipswich squad, although all five of those came in a four-game spell in August, with Norwood drawing a blank in his last five appearances.

If the 29-year-old doesn’t make it back in time for the Accrington game later this month, that could open the door for Will Keane to start for Paul Lambert’s side.

The 26-year-old Manchester United academy product got off the mark for the season with a goal in Ipswich’s 4-0 win over Gillingham in the EFL Trophy this week in his first start of the campaign.

He hasn’t featured much for the Tractor Boys in league action, though, with just two substitute appearances totalling 66 minutes over the last eight matches in League One, while he wasn’t even in the matchday squad for the wins over Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town. [via TransferMarkt]

Norwood’s likely return for the Accrington game should help to relieve some of the goalscoring burden on Jackson – after that pair, the only Ipswich players with more than one goal this season are full-backs Luke Garbutt and Kane Vincent-Young, along with midfielders Jon Nolan and Jordan Roberts. [via TransferMarkt]

A trip to the team lying 18th in League One going into this weekend could provide Norwood with the ideal opportunity to hit the ground running after his operation and help rediscover the sensational form he showed back in August.

Ipswich fans, how big a boost would it be to have Norwood back for the Accrington game if he makes it? Comment below with your views!

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