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Ipswich Town will be without Kyle Edwards and Bersant Celina for Bolton Wanderers clash

Ipswich Town supporters will have to wait a little while longer to see the dynamic duo of Kyle Edwards and Bersant Celina wreaking havoc down the flanks.

Manager Paul Cook confirmed that neither of the attackers are available for tomorrow's home clash with Bolton Wanderers (3pm) – a game in which Town are looking to pick up their first three points of the season.

Edwards has an unspecified injury that is not expected to keep him out of action for too long, while Celina is still working his way back to fitness having suffered with Covid-19 and the heart infection pericarditis prior to rejoining the Tractor Boys late last month.

Kyle Edwards will not feature against Bolton. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kyle Edwards will not feature against Bolton. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Nevertheless, Cook has been impressed with how the 24-year-old, who is on loan at Portman Road from French second division Dijon, has conducted himself since returning to Suffolk.

"I've got to say I heard so many good stories about Bersant before I'd met him," said the boss.

"I spoke to Mick McCarthy about him who was so complimentary it's untrue – about his appetite for football and how much he wants to get better.

Paul Cook's Ipswich take on Bolton tomorrow. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook's Ipswich take on Bolton tomorrow. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I've got to tell our supporters a little story about his first day when he wasn't allowed to train. He took a ball home to practice. It's something that made me very proud because to have such a talented boy come in – staying in a hotel – asking if he could take a ball home because he wanted to practice. I can guarantee our fans whatever happens we've got a very good player on our hands.

"He's matured as a lad, he's matured as a person. The biggest thing we had in our favour when we went for him was how much he loved Ipswich Town Football Club.

"It wasn't for Paul Cook, it wasn't for Mark Ashton, it wasn't for the new board – with the greatest of respect. It was the experience he had of playing at Portman Road and our supporters, so a massive pat on the back for them."

Cook went on to add that "at best" Celina could be available for the following weekend's trip to Lincoln City.

In terms of team selection for the Wanderers clash, Cook did not want to be drawn on other players that may or may not be available for selection.

However, he did hint that the likes of George Edmundson could be in line for a debut, while August's Player of the Month Macauley Bonne may also be return to return after injury.

"Kyle Edwards won't be out for a long time, that's all I can say," he added.

"We've picked the team for tomorrow and they're working very hard, as they have done for two weeks.

"We've had George Edmundson training with us, Conor Chaplin training with us, obviously Christian Walton, Macauley Bonne has had a training week, so our numbers are good."

Tomorrow's opponents sit 12th in League One following Monday evening's 0-0 home draw with Burton Albion.

Cook was in attendance at the University of Bolton Stadium and was highly impressed with what he saw from Ian Evatt's men.

"Ian has done amazingly well. I said before I don't think the promotion at Barrow got the credit it deserved," he said.

"Barrow is a great football club, but it's a tough outpost, not just to win games from but to attract players.

"They had a really good style of play and identity, something which he has carried to Bolton Wanderers.

"I was at the game on Monday night and they were really excellent, very pleasing on the eye.

"Bolton are certainly on the way back to where they want to be and I think they'll be a challenge for every team in the division."

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