Danny is back - and in Jim's plans

DANNY Haynes is back at Ipswich - and back in boss Jim Magilton's plans for the live-on-Sky home clash with Luton on Sunday (kick-off 1.15pm).A hamstring injury to on-loan striker Jon Macken has thrust 18-year-old Haynes straight into the first team spotlight after a successful one-month loan stint with Millwall.

By Mel Henderson

DANNY Haynes is back at Ipswich - and back in boss Jim Magilton's plans for the live-on-Sky home clash with Luton on Sunday (kick-off 1.15pm).

A hamstring injury to on-loan striker Jon Macken has thrust 18-year-old Haynes straight into the first team spotlight after a successful one-month loan stint with Millwall.

With Macken likely to be absent for at least a fortnight and four-goal teenager Billy Clarke the obvious choice to replace him, Haynes could win a place on the bench for the visit of Mike Newell's team.


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Magilton said: “It was good to see Danny walk into the building again and his return adds to the competition for first team places.

“Jon has a hamstring strain and will be out for a couple of weeks so there is an immediate chance for Danny to stake his claim to be involved against Luton.”

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Ipswich will also be without another on-loan star, midfielder Mark Noble, against fifth-placed Luton, who are unbeaten in their last five Championship games.

The 19-year-old will serve a one-game ban for collecting five yellow cards but would have missed out in any case because of a groin injury sustained in Saturday's 3-1 win at Southend.

Goalkeeper Lewis Price, forced off in the early stages at Roots Hall, is also likely to be missing this weekend after an X-ray revealed a chipped rib bone and a bruised rib.

But experienced French midfield star Sylvain Legwinski is expected to be fit to face the Hatters, despite an on-going groin problem.

Magilton laughed: “I know a bit about being an experienced midfielder and how a day off here and there can help if you are carrying an injury.

“This has been worrying Sylvain for a couple of weeks now but we'll nurse him along and he should be fine.”

The Town boss is hopeful that the welcome win over Southend will signal an upturn in fortune after he saw his side slump to their second spell of three successive defeats.

He said: “We went down there after a difficult week. The 5-1 defeat by West Brom was always going to affect confidence but for about 50 minutes against Preston we played really well to go 2-0 up.

“We all know what happened after that and that put us all under a bit more pressure to produce a performance at Southend.

“I felt we dealt with the situation very well. It was a great result and hopefully the confidence is back as we look ahead to what should be a tough game against an in-form Luton team.”

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