Cambridge United midfielder Jack Lankester to be assessed ahead of cla…

Cambridge United attacking midfielder Jack Lankester is to be assessed ahead of Saturday’s match against former club Ipswich Town after picking up a knock in training.

The 21-year-old’s start to his time at the Abbey has been affected by injury, with the midfielder limited to six appearances in all competitions so far this term.

Lankester has recently returned from the knee injury consistent at the back end of last season that resulted in him missing the start of the campaign.

The new signing joined the club from Ipswich in the summer, but could miss the chance to confront the side that he had a 15-year association with.

Lankester made his first League One start for United in their 2-2 draw at Crewe Alexandra, but has had another setback that is unrelated to his past injury.

U’s boss Mark Bonner acknowledged that the midfielder needs an injury-free period to get up to speed with his new side.

“He took a bit of a knock last week in training, so we just need to see how he is Thursday and Friday, as to whether he’s fit and obtainable to be chosen,” the head coach said.

“He just needs to get a run of games and training. When you’re not in the team, it’s hard to get that run of games.

“When you’re not in the team in a period where the team’s playing all the time, it’s hard to get really good training minutes. Timing’s been really difficult for him at the moment to get to his peak.

“I think we’re also talking about a boy that’s been at Ipswich since he was six-years-old, and sometimes moving club takes time for people to settle, to get used to the surroundings, and to get used to a completely different culture and new people.

“We think we’ve got a really good player on our hands there, and a really talented player, and we’ve just got to get him settled, and used to our way, and used to playing senior football more regularly.

“He needs a bit of a break in terms of his body holding up for him, so he can get a run of games in training that allow him to get to peak fitness.

Lankester’s start to his time at the Abbey has been impacted by injury. Photo: Keith Jones

“I think when he does, we’ll have a player who can win us games. I’m quite looking forward to seeing that.”

Bonner otherwise has a complete squad to pick from ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Wes Hoolahan, who spent a decade at Norwich City, is set to revive old rivalries with the Tractor Boys this weekend after recovering from knee and chest injuries.

The 39-year-old made his return from injury as a second half substitute at Crewe Alexandra, but last started a game against Lincoln City on September 11.

“I haven’t seen him (Hoolahan) for four days, so as long as he turns up this morning then he’ll be alright,” Bonner additional.

Hoolahan is set to revive old rivalries with Ipswich Town. Photo: Keith Jones

“I hope he’s in good form and well-rested. He had a good impact when he came on at Crewe, so we’re hoping that he’s fit and obtainable.

“Paul Digby’s played at Ipswich in the past, and Jack Lankester. They’re clearly games that those boys want to be involved in, and have some sort of connection to.

“I think in the end, a sell-out crowd at the Abbey is a game that everyone wants to be part of, but not everyone can be part of in terms of a starting team.

“We’ve got to make sure everybody contributes towards a performance that gives us a chance.”



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