Davis losing fitness battle

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis looks like losing his fitness battle.The 28-year-old Town number one has still not given up hope of facing Burnley at Portman Road on Saturday.

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis looks like losing his fitness battle.

The 28-year-old Town number one has still not given up hope of facing Burnley at Portman Road on Saturday.

But he is taking longer than expected to overcome the back problem that forced him to sit out the 2-1 win at Coventry 11 days ago.

Welsh Under-21 keeper Lewis Price, who stood in at Highfield Road for his fifth senior appearance, looks likely to deputise again.

Town boss Joe Royle said today: “Kelvin's injury is not responding quite as quickly as we had hoped and he must be a doubt for Saturday.”

Royle's preparations for the visit of the 11th-placed Clarets have not been helped by the fact that several of his players have featured internationally.

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In the case of Canadian skipper Jason De Vos, he will not land until 7am tomorrow after playing in World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica.

Royle added: “At least we've heard nothing to say that Jason has been injured, but he is bound to be tired.”

Town are also anxious to check on striker Darren Bent, who missed out on his first England Under-21 start in Azerbaijan on Tuesday because of a hamstring injury.

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