Town hit by Naylor blow

IPSWICH defender Richard Naylor will sit out today's clash with Millwall after failing to overcome a hamstring injury.But the good news for Town is that fit-again Fabian Wilnis is ready to return alongside George Santos at The Den (kick-off 3pm).

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH defender Richard Naylor will sit out today's clash with Millwall after failing to overcome a hamstring injury.

But the good news for Town is that fit-again Fabian Wilnis is ready to return alongside George Santos at The Den (kick-off 3pm).

Naylor's absence will mean another appearance for comeback star John McGreal, who covered for the suspended Santos in last week's home win over Derby.

That was the ex-Tranmere man's first senior outing in ten months and boss Joe Royle had no hesitation in giving him the nod for tomorrow's trip to South London.

Royle, delighted that the signing of Chris Bart-Williams went through as expected, said: "I have virtually ruled out Richard – I would say he's 90 per cent doubtful.

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"The only reason I'm a bit cautious about ruling him out completely is that I've done that recently with both Georges Santos and Jim Magilton, only for them to prove me wrong and play.

"Richard had an injection in his knee – the hamstring and knee problems are inter-connected – yesterday that will help him along, but I can't see him making the Millwall game."

Royle must also wait to check on the fitness of midfielder Tommy Miller before naming his starting line-up against a Millwall side who have not conceded a goal in their last four home games.

The Town boss said: "I tipped them to do well this year – they were my top outsiders to be in the promotion race.

"They have problems with strikers out injured, but they are still getting some good results and they always seem to produce good young players.

"It's never an easy place to go. They have a new manager and while they are a decent footballing side they also have an aggressive edge."

Millwall have ten players ruled out by injury, including first team stars Bob Peeters (calf), Neil Harris (ankle), Noel Whelan (hamstring), Paul Ifill (hernia) and Robbie Ryan (groin).

But player-boss Dennis Wise has vowed to be patient as he seeks reinforcements, with Newcastle striker Carl Cort and Leeds defender Michael Duberry high on his list of loan targets.

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