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GALLERY: Elena Baltacha’s back in business

Elena Balthacha back in training at Ipswich Sports Club after having two ankle operations.

Elena Balthacha back in training at Ipswich Sports Club after having two ankle operations.

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FORMER British number one Elena Baltacha has vowed to bow out from tennis on her terms after returning from five months out injured.

The 29-year-old underwent a successful operation on her right ankle, shortly after the Olympics, and is now ready for to join the ladies’ circuit again.

However, things were not plain sailing for the Ipswich-based player who contemplated retiring after falling out of love with tennis for a while.

Last week, as she made her long-awaited return to training, Ipswich Star photographer Andrew Partridge was on hand to snap the Kiev-born Scot in action.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.

Ipswich Town travel to Bolton Wanderers for a Championship clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

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Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

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