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I'll be back soon - Venus

PUBLISHED: 19:00 30 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:15 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town player of the year Mark Venus has revealed that he is poised to rejoin the Blues' push for a First Division play-off place.

But another key defender, John McGreal, may still be three weeks away from a return to Joe Royle's squad.

IPSWICH Town player of the year Mark Venus has revealed that he is poised to rejoin the Blues' push for a First Division play-off place.

But another key defender, John McGreal, may still be three weeks away from a return to Joe Royle's squad.

Both players have been out with knee injuries – Venus for four weeks and McGreal for three.

Venus said today: "I've been back in training for a few days now and will be fit for selection soon. The team has been picking up some good results and it's been great to see.

"I damaged my knee in the Rotherham game and have been working hard to get it right. It will be great to be involved again. The boss may want me to get in a reserve game first. I just know that I'm feeling OK and will be stepping up the work in training this week."

Royle said: "Mark is a great professional and an important part of the club. It's really cheesed him off to have this lay-off and it will be great to have him back, although he may need a reserve game first."

The imminent return of 35-year-old Venus – voted top Town player in May at the end of the relegation season – is a major boost for a club that made it five games without defeat by beating weekend guests Walsall 3-2.

McGreal would like to be right there with Venus, but the 30-year-old admitted: "I'm still a fair way off."

He added: "When I damaged the knee in the game at Brighton, our physiotherapist David Williams said it would probably be a six-week job, so I'm halfway there.

"I damaged medial ligaments on the inside of the knee. It was a pretty bad strain. I'm doing some running again, but still can't twist and turn. I'm anxious to be available once more but I mustn't push too hard."

Midfielder Tommy Miller is a doubt for the New Year's Day home clash with Millwall. He suffered further knee trouble in the Walsall match.

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