Will Bruce retain skipper's armband?

WHEN Ipswich play their next game on Saturday week at home to Swansea will Alex Bruce win back the captain's armband?

Elvin King

WHEN Ipswich play their next game on Saturday week at home to Swansea will Alex Bruce win back the captain's armband?

The central defender was named skipper by Keane after he decided to strip Gareth McAuley of the position in August.

But the Norwich-born player, who celebrated his 25th birthday last month, now faces stiff opposition from Jon Walters.

Bruce suffered a groin injury during the 4-0 home Championship thrashing by Newcastle United, and since then - with Walters leading from the front - Town's form has improved considerably.

They were 3-1 up against top-six Sheffield United before drawing 3-3 and were then the better team at Barnsley before suffering the heartbreak of a last second winner by the Tykes.

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Bruce should be fit for selection in nine days time, but will Walters stay in the captain's role?

“When Alex (Bruce) was named skipper I said it was for the time being,” said Keane.

“Jon has done very well and I wish I had 11 Jon Walters in my team.”

Walters, who has been a huge success since joining Ipswich from Chester in January 2007, is top scorer this season with four goals, and has featured in every game.

He said: “It's an honour and a privilege to be skipper of a great club like Ipswich.

“I've never held the role before, but I'm enjoying it and have hopefully shown leadership qualities.”

And Walters is certain that goals will flow for the Blues from now on, adding: “We have some exceptional forward players on the books.

“I have been building up an understanding with Tamas Priskin up front and there is Pablo Counago and Jon Stead as well.

“We must re-fuel over the international break after showing character to play well at Bramall Lane and Oakwell after the Newcastle defeat.”

There is no time off for the Town playing staff with normal training this week, and also scheduled for next week.

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