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Ipswich Town see trip to Fleetwood Town postponed again due to Covid-19 cases at Lancashire club




Ipswich Town's supporters will now have to wait until next Saturday to see their team's long-awaited return to Sky Bet League One action, following Covid-19 cases calling off the re-arranged trip to Fleetwood Town on Monday.

The game was originally set to take place in Lancashire today but was put back 48 hours to give a number of Blues players that extra recovery time after testing positive for coronavirus before Christmas.

Now several members of Fleetwood’s first-team set-up have tested positive for the virus and will self-isolate for 10 days in line with Government protocol.

Ipswich Town have had their return to action further delayedPicture: Mark Westley
Ipswich Town have had their return to action further delayedPicture: Mark Westley

The club have informed the EFL that they are not in a position to play Town or Sunderland on January 9 and both games will now be rearranged.

Town are next in action against Swindon a week today in a game to be televised live on Sky Sports (5.30pm).

It will be Blues’ first match since the win over Burton Albion on December 15, with the four fixtures since then postponed because of Covid cases.

New date for Posh trip

One of those games has now got a new date.

Town will now travel to face Peterborough United on Tuesday, February 9.

Kick-off at the Weston Homes stadium will be 7pm.

The game was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 19. But it was postponed due to a positive Covid-19 case in the Peterborough camp and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate for 10 days as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.

Recent fixtures elsewhere, which has mainly left Town having played the same number of games (18) as the sides around them, has seen Paul Lambert's side drop outside the play-off places to seventh.

Sixth-placed Charlton Athletic are level on 32 points, as are Peterborough United above them,

The gap to Town and the top two automatic promotion spots is just three points (six to first) with the Blues holding a game in hand on both Portsmouth and Lincoln City.

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