Makin winning fitness race
IPSWICH defensive stalwart Chris Makin is optimistic he will be fit for the start of the season – and that the Blues can enjoy a bright campaign.Makin hopes to get back into training tomorrow after a thigh injury.
By Dave Allard
IPSWICH defensive stalwart Chris Makin is optimistic he will be fit for the start of the season – and that the Blues can enjoy a bright campaign.
Makin hopes to get back into training tomorrow after a thigh injury.
He is anxious to be fit for Town's Nationwide League Division One curtain-raiser against Reading at Portman Road on Saturday.
You may also want to watch:
And Makin is confident Joe Royle's men can be successful.
The 30-year-old former Sunderland man skippered the Town side in a 3-0 friendly win at Colchester nine days ago, with newly-appointed club captain Jim Magilton starting on the substitutes' bench.
- 1 Supermarket switch opens door to new Ipswich Lidl
- 2 Former Ipswich teacher appears in court charged with historic sex offences
- 3 Well-known Felixstowe bookseller to retire and hand over to vinyl store
- 4 Work finally starts on the Ipswich Garden Suburb after decades of debate
- 5 Man accused of Ipswich stabbing refuses to leave cell to enter plea
- 6 No need to wait for booster invitation - clarification after Covid jab confusion
- 7 Major Ipswich road partially blocked after crash involving Audi and Mercedes
- 8 15-year-old boy to face trial over alleged Ipswich stabbing
- 9 Police want to trace man in connection with Waterfront sexual assault
- 10 Specialist engineers working to fix Ipswich flooding hotspot
Makin sustained his injury in training last Monday and missed Friday night's 1-1 home draw with Levski Sofia of Bulgaria as the Blues wound up their senior pre-season schedule.
Matt Richards came in at left-back.
Versatile rearguard man Makin said today: "I've had plenty of pre-season action and my general fitness is okay.
"I took a fitness test on Friday ahead of the Sofia game, but the thigh problem is such that I couldn't kick through the ball without feeling discomfort.
"I'll have some more treatment today and hopefully pick up the training again tomorrow."
This experienced player, once a part of a Sunderland side promoted to the Premiership, would dearly love to hit the highest level again in Town colours.
He said: "I'm looking forward to the season as much as any before. We've got some good new players. I'm confident we can give it a real crack, starting against Reading at our place on Saturday."
Manager Joe Royle, who first signed Makin as a schoolboy for Oldham, said: "Chris is a vital part of our team. We hope this thigh problem clears up and that he will be fit to face Reading."
Georges Santos, the new deep midfield man or centre-half finished the Sofia match with a slight calf injury. He is not a concern for the Reading match.
John McGreal, the experienced defender who has been toiling with a knee problem since last December, got in more action on Saturday as the reserves drew 4-4 at Bury Town.
He is likely to play again in another second team fixture at Sudbury tomorrow night.