Naylor ready for Italian job
PSYCHO is ready, willing and able to take on the might of Inter Milan in tomorrow night's UEFA Cup third round tie at Portman Road.Richard Naylor, pictured above, is the striker Ipswich Town manager George Burley may turn to as his Premiership strugglers look to give their season a big lift by beating the Italian aristocrats.
By Elvin King
PSYCHO is ready, willing and able to take on the might of Inter Milan in tomorrow night's UEFA Cup third round tie at Portman Road.
Richard Naylor, pictured above, is the striker Ipswich Town manager George Burley may turn to as his Premiership strugglers look to give their season a big lift by beating the Italian aristocrats.
Leading scorer Marcus Stewart and Nigerian international Finidi George are ruled out with facial injuries, while Burley confirmed today that it might be too early to risk Alun Armstrong, who has been suffering from a post viral syndrome.
Burley began last Sunday's league game at home to Bolton Wanderers with Pablo Counago and Darren Bent making their league debuts up front, but he is unlikely to go into a game against world-class defenders with a 22-year-old and 17-year-old leading the attack.
Twenty-four-year-old Naylor has started 64 games and had 76 substitute appearances for Ipswich, scoring 23 goals. This season he has been limited to just four starts and five substitute appearances.
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The player, nicknamed 'Psycho' by Town fans for his aggressive approach, could be just the man to rough up an Italian backline who are not used to an 'up and at 'em' approach.
Naylor, whose career was on the line because of serious knee problems 12 months ago, has not missed a day's training since March.
Burley said: "It is nice to have Alun back in full training but the Milan game might be too early. It will be a big risk to play him, although he will hopefully be on the bench."
Defender John McGreal is also back in full training but unlikely to start after being out for three weeks with a back problem. Midfield man Jim Magilton has picked up a slight thigh strain.