Freak twist of fate for Gaardsoe

A FREAK training accident has put Thomas Gaardsoe on tenterhooks.However, Ipswich Town's Danish central defender is hopeful of being fit for Saturday's Nationwide Division One clash at Bradford.

By Dave Allard

A FREAK training accident has put Thomas Gaardsoe on tenterhooks.

However, Ipswich Town's Danish central defender is hopeful of being fit for Saturday's Nationwide Division One clash at Bradford.

The 23-year-old twisted his ankle and knee in a zany collision with team-mate Jermaine Wright at the Playford Road training ground.

Gaardsoe said: "We were having a shooting session and a ball was thrown out to Jermaine. I was looking the other way and he backed on to my leg.

"My ankle and knee were twisted and I had to go off immediately. It was all very unfortunate, but a pure accident. No one was to blame."

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Gaardsoe, who has hit five goals for the promotion play-off hopefuls, has been resting, but the determined former Denmark Under-21 international is hell-bent on being fit for action at Valley Parade against a Bradford side who won 2-1 at Portman Road earlier in the season.

He said: "It's been getting better with treatment and I think I'll be okay for the weekend. I don't think any serious damage has been done and I'm ready to put it to the test. I'm confident I can be fit."

Town manager Joe Royle and his coaching staff have been working especially hard on defensive work in training this week after last Saturday's 4-3 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Sheffield United.

Gaardsoe said: "We've been going back to basics. We must not concede so many goals. Everyone has got to work harder towards this aim.

"We've had a good run that has put us close to the play-off zone and I'm confident we can make it, but there is still such a long way to go and we've got to keep totally focused on what we want to achieve."

Fellow defender Chris Makin has been under treatment for a sore back.

He is set to be fit for a match against a lowly Bradford side who won 2-1 at Grimsby last Saturday.

Midfielder Tommy Miller has been taking it easy in training due to knee tendinitism but he will be available for the weekend.

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