Walton's hint on return

SIMON Walton watched Saturday's FA Cup game at Portman Road and gave a broad hint that he would love to return to Ipswich Town.The 19-year-old appeared in 19 games and scored three goals while on loan from Charlton from the middle of August to January 1.

By Elvin King

SIMON Walton watched Saturday's FA Cup game at Portman Road and gave a broad hint that he would love to return to Ipswich Town.

The 19-year-old appeared in 19 games and scored three goals while on loan from Charlton from the middle of August to January 1.

He has not been able to break into the Charlton first team squad since his return and the midfielder the London side paid Leeds £500,000 for in the summer said: “Yes, I think you could say I would like to come back to Ipswich.

“It is ironical that soon after I left a number of players were hit by injury and suspensions.”

Walton could be re-signed on loan, but it remains to be seen whether he gets his apparent wish.

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Richard Naylor has not given up hope of playing at Stoke City tomorrow after extensive treatment yesterday.

He badly bruised a toe on Saturday but an X-ray revealed that nothing is broken.

However, the digit is jarred and it remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old acting skipper is able to take his place at the Britannia Stadium.

Naylor left Portman Road with the aid of a surgical stick to help him walk.

He said: “As it is not broken I might be OK to face Stoke. I caught their player as I cleared and it felt uncomfortable straight away.”

The Blues will have David Wright available after a one-match ban, but Alex Bruce will serve the second game of his suspension and Jason De Vos is still out with a cracked metatarsal.

Meanwhile, Town boss Town Jim Magilton has confirmed that forgotten striker Dean Bowditch still has a future at Portman Road.

Bowditch started four of the first five games this season, but has not featured since coming on as a substitute against Luton on October 29.

He is back from a loan period with Brighton and recovering from a hamstring injury.

“We now have Jon Walters as a welcome addition and pressure has been taken off Alan Lee, plus Billy Clarke and Danny Haynes,” said Magilton.

“We must not forget Dean Bowditch, who is still in the building and hopefully has a part to play in the future of this club.”

Looking back on Saturday's game, Magilton said: “I didn't think Swansea were going to hurt us before the interval but they looked like a side who could play in the Championship.

“We acquitted ourselves well. We had a few scary moments in the second half, but we expected that because Swansea are a good side.

“At first I was devastated that Jaime Peters had missed the target, but the referee was on the spot. I think we just about scraped it.”

Swansea boss Kenny Jackett said: “It hurts to be out of the FA Cup. I always felt that if we can get to the Championship we can hold our own.

“To lose like that was a little bit harsh. Our performance level was good and we caused Ipswich a few problems.

“Tactically, leaving Lee Trundle on the bench until the later stages has worked out before and, to a degree, it worked again. We had a strong foothold on the game before the penalty decision.

“I thought Trundle would make an impact when he came on and that proved to be the case.”

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