Gaardsoe helping Town push for top

FORMER Ipswich Town star Thomas Gaardsoe is playing a part in the Blues' push for a Premiership place.The Dane has recommended specialist Per Holmich, who has identified the source of key midfielder Gavin Williams' long-standing pelvic problem.

By Elvin King

FORMER Ipswich Town star Thomas Gaardsoe is playing a part in the Blues' push for a Premiership place.

The Dane has recommended specialist Per Holmich, who has identified the source of key midfielder Gavin Williams' long-standing pelvic problem.

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton is determined to have Williams fully fit for the start of the 2007/08 campaign.


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Williams has already spent time in Denmark to have his injury assessed - and is due to undergo an intensive six-week course of treatment with further trips to Copenhagen.

“Club physio Matt Byard found out about this Danish specialist, he is someone who Thomas Gaardsoe has had dealings with,” explained Magilton.

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“He recommends him, and we are hopeful Gavin can be given a clean bill of health.

“It has been diagnosed as an abductor muscular problem, and Gavin will be in for a busy summer.”

Williams returned to Ipswich yesterday after a short break in his native Wales. He will be monitored but is expected to be available for Sunday's visit of Cardiff in the final match of the season.

Gaardsoe's career came to an early end after his move from Town to West Brom, who he gained a Premiership place with the Midlands side.

On-loan Town striker Francis Jeffers is fit after taking a kick on the side of his knee at Leeds on Saturday, and Magilton is still to decide whether to give defender Ian Miller his full debut against Cardiff.

“I would like to see Ian in action after dragging him back from his loan spell at Darlington,” added Magilton. “Chris Casement is back from a loan spell at Millwall and is playing well.”

Sylvain Legwinski is currently on crutches as he recovers from a foot injury, but the Frenchman is sure he will be fully fit for pre-season training.

Dean Bowditch is still troubled by tendonitis in his groin, and surgery might be required to rectify the problem with Per Holmich likely to be consulted, while central defender Richard Naylor is having an MRI scan on his long-term foot problem.

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