swich Town manager Kieran McKenna expects left-back Leif Davis to be okay to face Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday.

Davis aggravated the ankle injury he suffered at Sheffield Wednesday during last weekend’s 4-3 victory over Blackburn and wasn’t in the 20-man squad for the 3-2 Carabao Cup victory over Wolves in midweek.

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“He should be okay,” said McKenna, speaking at this afternoon’s pre-match press conference.

“He was touch and go for Tuesday night but he seems much better over the last 48 hours, so we’re hopeful that he might be involved on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, the Blues boss said Christian Walton and Axel Tuanzebe are close to be available for selection.

Centre-back Tuanzebe joined the Blues on a free transfer earlier this month having been released by Manchester United at the end of last season.

The 25-year-old has struggled with a back issue over recent years and Ipswich have been keen to not rush him into action following a limited pre-season.

“He’s not too far,” said McKenna. “This is probably the last week really before we start to consider him for match action.

“He’s been training well, he had a check-up with the specialist on Tuesday, which he had a good report from, so he’s training well and contributing to the group.

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“I think from next week, we’ll consider him to be available for matches. Of course, at the moment, the other centre-halves are up and running and having good seasons, so he’s got some time now to really build up his match-type exposure.

“We’ll hopefully have a friendly in the international break, which will realistically be a really good chance to get some good minutes into him and try and have him available predominantly after the international break to come and help us when we think the time is right.”

Regarding goalkeeper Walton, who suffered a plantar fascia tear (foot) in pre-season, McKenna added: “We think, unless there are any changes, he’ll be available to be in the squad next week. He’s trained with the group this week.

“The medical team and Rene (Gilmartin, keeper coach) want him to complete one or two more really intense sessions and if he comes through them well, hopefully he’ll be available for the games next week.”

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