Kelvin in race against time

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis today launched his bid to be fit to face Burnley on Saturday.Davis, 28, missed Town's 2-1 win at Coventry last week with a back problem and Welsh Under-21 international Lewis Price deputised.

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis today launched his bid to be fit to face Burnley on Saturday.

Davis, 28, missed Town's 2-1 win at Coventry last week with a back problem and Welsh Under-21 international Lewis Price deputised.

Manager Joe Royle said: “Kelvin will be back in training today with a view to joining the squad tomorrow, when we hope he will be able to do something more strenuous.

“He will be concentrating today on a slow build-up and we will have to wait and see how that goes before knowing whether or not he can step it up tomorrow.”

Town are also anxious to assess the fitness of striker Darren Bent once he returns back from Azerbaijan tomorrow.

Bent was unable to make his first start for the England Under-21 side there yesterday, when they drew 0-0 in a European Championship qualifier, because of a hamstring injury.

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Having scored seven goals in nine substitute appearances, it was a huge blow to the 20-year-old that he had to sit out the game.

The decision was taken with one eye on Ipswich's home clash with Burnley and Royle added: “He has been receiving treatment from the England physio over there.

“Darren will be back around lunchtime tomorrow, when our own medical people will take a look at him.”

Defender Fabian Wilnis is a certain non-starter against the Clarets as he completes a three-match ban for being sent off against Plymouth last month.

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