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‘Absolutely gutted to say the least but I’ll be back’: Bishop vows to battle back again

PUBLISHED: 14:28 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 27 December 2017

Teddy Bishop heads back to the changing room after being injured in Town's Boxing Day clash with QPR.  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Teddy Bishop heads back to the changing room after being injured in Town's Boxing Day clash with QPR. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Teddy Bishop has vowed to battle his way back to fitness once again after he limped out of Ipswich Town’s Boxing Day draw with Queens Park Rangers.

The 21-year-old midfielder was making his first start since April, having recovered from summer groin surgery, and was arguably the Blues’ best player as a number of driving forward runs and neat touches threatened to unlock the visiting defence.

But he left the field just before half-time, seemingly close to tears, after suffering a hamstring injury which is set to keep him sidelined once again.

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The injury is yet another blow to a young player who has managed just 28 appearances in three seasons due to a string of injury problems, following a breakout 2014/15 campaign. But he has vowed to battle his way back to fitness once again.

Town manager Mick McCarthy commiserates with Teddy Bishop after he was forced off with a hamstring problem. Picture: STEVE WALLERTown manager Mick McCarthy commiserates with Teddy Bishop after he was forced off with a hamstring problem. Picture: STEVE WALLER

He tweeted after the game: “Worked so hard to get to where I was today. Absolutely gutted to say the least but I’ll be back.”

While it remains to be seen just how long his latest injury will keep Bishop out for, manager Mick McCarthy hinted post-match that the problem will not be a quick fix.

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“It’s ridiculous the numbers of injuries we have in midfield,” McCarthy said. “Bish has a hamstring now and that won’t be a week out for sure.

“It’s so disappointing for all of us because the lads all love him but it’s particularly devastating for him.”

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