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Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse eager to return before the end of the season

Cole Skuse is hopeful that he will be able to play for Ipswich Town before the season is out.

The experienced midfielder has been sidelined since last August after suffering a knee injury during training.

He has since undergone an operation and the early suggestion was that the 34-year-old may not figure at all in 2020/21.

Cole Skuse has not played for Ipswich this season. Picture: ITFC
Cole Skuse has not played for Ipswich this season. Picture: ITFC

However, speaking to the club's website, Skuse revealed he is not too far away from a return to training.

"I’m feeling really good. Pandemic aside, it’s been challenging with the injury because it’s a period in my career that I’ve never gone through before," he said.

“It was a freak injury in the sense that we were doing some shape training and I took a slip and an awkward fall and I sat through my knee really awkwardly.

“I sat out of that session, but tried to carry on for a couple more weeks after, but I had to dip in and out of sessions as it (knee) kept swelling up.

“I then went for an operation. I expected it to be a small routine operation, but it ended up being a lot more than any of us anticipated, and it’s now been four months.

“It’s the longest injury in my career by quite some way. In the past when I’ve had injuries that have seemed quite serious and substantial, I’ve always come back quite quickly.

“Whereas this one, I had to follow the book with the repair, but I can see the finishing line now.”

“I’m back on the grass, running and doing multi-directional work with Walshy (Tom Walsh, sports therapist) – without putting a time frame on it, it’s nearing completion and then I’ll be looking to get back training with the lads.

“Even doing the individual work with Walshy next to the lads who are training makes you feel so much closer.

“I feel I’ve got a part to play this season and from my own personal point of view, I want to play on for at least another couple of years.”

Skuse has made more than 250 appearances for Ipswich since arriving from Bristol City in 2013.

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