Lisbie staying with U's - for now

THE Kevin Lisbie saga took another dramatic twist last night, with the unsettled striker set to resume training with Colchester United this morning.

Carl Marston

THE Kevin Lisbie saga took another dramatic twist last night, with the unsettled striker set to resume training with Colchester United this morning.

Lisbie spent the first half of the season on loan with the U's, but was all set to be recalled by his parent club Ipswich Town on January 1.

However, the 31-year-old front-runner revealed to the EADT last night that he had as yet had no contact with Ipswich, and did not believe that he would be playing for Town again.

"I think my ties with Ipswich were broken a long time ago," said Lisbie last night.

"Things are changing day by day, and knowing my life, it could all change again in the next 24 hours."

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"I haven't done anything since January 1, but I am back training with Colchester from tomorrow and I hope to be playing for them at Yeovil this weekend, if selected.

"I'd also love to play against Norwich City the following Saturday.

That's going to be such a big game.

"I'm waiting day-by-day for calls from my agent, though something should happen by the end of this month, I've been told," added Lisbie.

Town have plenty of strikers on their books, especially after extending Stern John's loan spell from Crystal Palace, last Friday, for another month.

But Jon Stead still has three matches to serve of a four-match suspension, and the out-of-favour duo of Tamas Priskin and Pablo Counago were not even in the 18-man squad for Saturday's FA Cup victory at Blackpool.

Palace loanee John played up front, with Jaime Peters in support, before 16-year-old Connor Wickham came on for John early in the second half of the 2-1 win. Skipper Jon Walters, another attacking option, played on the flank at Bloomfield Road.

Despite the healthy number of strikers, Keane has struggled to unearth a regular goalscorer this season. Both Walters and Stead lead the way with six goals.

But it appears unlikely that Lisbie is in Keane's immediate plans.

"I don't think I'll be playing for Ipswich again," confirmed Lisbie.

"I haven't even trained with Ipswich, and I believe that I'm being sent back to Colchester for another month, unless someone else comes in.

"There seems to have been confusion between the two clubs. I was told that my loan with Colchester was going to end on January 1.

"My impression is that Colchester cannot afford me. I'm not sure about all the figures, but I'm on a 24-hour call.

"It's certainly a strange time for me," added Lisbie.

London-born Lisbie originally signed for Colchester in the summer of 2007, after 11 years as a professional at Charlton.

He went on to score 17 goals for the U's in their second season in the Championship, before moving to Ipswich in a �600,000 deal a year later.

The Jamaican bagged seven goals in an inconsistent 2008-09 season with Town, before returning to Colchester last summer on a long-term loan deal.

Lisbie did not play at all last weekend. He was cup-tied for Ipswich, and was not in Colchester's travelling party for the 7-0 thrashing at Preston in another third round tie.

"I stayed at home, waiting by the phone," admitted Lisbie.

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