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Town Ace Stewart Breaks Jaw

PUBLISHED: 13:06 18 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town striker Marcus Stewart was taken to hospital after a training ground collision left him with a broken jaw.

Stewart, who writes a column for the Green 'Un, is believed to have suffered two breaks in his jaw and is likely to be out for a substantial part of the season.

IPSWICH Town striker Marcus Stewart was taken to hospital after a training ground collision left him with a broken jaw.

Stewart, who writes a column for the Green 'Un, is believed to have suffered two breaks in his jaw and is likely to be out for a substantial part of the season.

The striker was training with his Town colleagues on Saturday morning ahead of today's Premiership match with Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road when the incident happened.

It is thought Stewart went for the same ball as fellow strike partner Pablo Counago. The accidental collision brought a halt to training at Bent Lane as Stewart received treatment.

The Green 'Un exclusively revealed that Stewart was taken to Ipswich Hospital and needed an operation on Sunday morning. Two plates will be fitted to Stewart's jaw to speed up the healing process.

It means Town's top goalscorer this season could be out of action for around two months.

Manager George Burley has been looking for more striking options and this will add pressure to his search.

The news will come as a massive blow to Ipswich as they are facing a crucial catalogue of games in the coming weeks.

As well as today's encounter with Bolton, Town face two games with Inter Milan in the UEFA cup.

Stewart was looking forward to playing Inter Milan at San Siro stadium and admitted to Green 'Un readers in yesterday's column on page five that he couldn't wait for the two legs to kick off.

But now he will be forced to watch from the sidelines and will also miss Town's crucial Christmas campaign which can have such a big impact on any team's season.

It is the first serious injury Stewart has sustained since joining the Blues from Huddersfield at the beginning of last year.

His goals in the play-off semi-final against Bolton helped Town to a Wembley showdown with Barnsley where he again netted with a superb header as the blues won 4 – 2 to clinch promotion.

nEveryone wishes Marcus a speedy recovery. You can send him a get well message by emailing marcus.stewart@ecng.co.uk or write to the normal address at the Green 'Un.

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