Forster is rated only 50/50

NICKY Forster has not ruled himself out of being fit for Saturday's home Championship match against Luton Town, but he only rates himself 50/50 at best.

By Elvin King

NICKY Forster has not ruled himself out of being fit for Saturday's home Championship match against Luton Town, but he only rates himself 50/50 at best.

The only experienced striker who has been available to manager Joe Royle over the holiday period, pulled up with a knee injury in the 27th minute at Hull City last night.

The 32-year-old former Reading front man said: “I jarred my knee in the first ten minutes and limited my mobility.

“I don't think it is serious but I will know more after I have been in to see the physio on Thursday.

“It is difficult to tell and I have not given up hope, but I would say my chances are no better than 50/50.”

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It would be a big bonus and a surprise if Forster was able to carry on as he has had a cartilage operation on his knee that kept him out for a number of weeks earlier in the season.

Forster confirmed that he feels for the Ipswich fans as little is going right for the club right now.

Last night's 2-0 loss only added to the woe and Forster's injury is the last in a line of setbacks.

He said: “It is a difficult time in what is proving to be a difficult season.”

Continuing with his frank observation of the situation, Forster added: “We have no goal-threat at all.

“We are passing the ball well enough but not getting any reward.

“The manager is tied financially about bringing loan replacements and also we have to wait for the transfer window to open.

“I feel for our fans as they turned up in great numbers again at Hull, because there is not a huge amount for them to cheer about at the moment.

“We are in a desperate situation to put things right being so low on strikers.

“With a settled side and with players back from injury, I am confident there will be an improvement.

“And the key to us scoring goals will be Sam Parkin and myself playing regularly together up front.

“But with Sam out long term, this might not be for some considerable time yet.

“There is no point us trying to kid ourselves when it comes to thinking about a play-off position.

“We must start creating chances and scoring goals before we can begin looking up the table again.”

Central defender, Jason De Vos, who had another impressive game, was also blunt in his assessment of the current circumstances.

The Canadian international said: “If we were awarded a goal for making 20 passes, we would be top of the league.

“We have got to turn our possession into goals.

“We played good football and were camped in the Hull half in the second half.

“This makes it so frustrating that we got nothing from the match having performed well enough.

“I am not criticising our strikers but the corner will not be turned until the goals flow again.

“There are all sorts of theories going around but the fact is we are not creating enough.”

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