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Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert will not pick wanted Flynn Downes for Carabao Cup clash

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has revealed Flynn Downes won’t be considered for Saturday’s Carabao Cup tie against Bristol Rovers.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been the subject of transfer speculation since January, with Blues rejecting two bids from a Premier League club recently.

"Flynn has trained all week but it’s an unsettling time for him at the moment and he’s only a young lad," the Town boss told the club website.

Ipswich Town's Flynn Downes. Picture: ITFC (41868967)
Ipswich Town's Flynn Downes. Picture: ITFC (41868967)

"It’s the first time in his career he is experiencing this situation and it can be difficult, especially at his age.

"I have spoken to him and told him to have a couple of days off. It will give him time to clear his head and then he’ll be back with us again next week.

"He’s a very talented player so I’m not surprised there has been interest in him but the bids we have had are nowhere near the valuation that the owner is looking for and rightly so.

"I’d expect Flynn to be with us when the transfer window closes in October, unless someone comes up with an offer that the club has to consider and we are a long way off that at the moment."