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Ipswich boss Roy Keane lining up Premier League loan

Roy Keane
Keane used the loan market with some success last season

Ipswich Town are hoping to bring in another Premier League player on loan, according to manager Roy Keane.

Town have already added Tottenham winger Andros Townsend and Celtic defender Darren O'Dea to their squad.

Keane told BBC Radio Suffolk: "We're going to have a busy few months with injuries and suspensions.

"There's one area of the club I think needs strengthening. We are in discussions with a Premiership club, maybe something will happen next week."

Keane is short of options at left-back after O'Dea and Shane O'Connor returned from international duty with Ireland carrying injuries, joining Mark Kennedy on the physio's table.

O'Connor, 20, has torn a hamstring and is expected to be out for two to three weeks, while 23-year-old O'Dea took a knock to the knee, leaving him 50-50 for Saturday's trip to Portsmouth.

Hopefully over the next few weeks, with them having more minutes on the training pitch, they'll get stronger and it certainly gives me more options

Ipswich boss Roy Keane on Damien Delaney and Luciano Civelli

"We have players available to do a job for us, it's not ideal playing a right-footer at left-back," Keane added.

"But that's the way it's panned out, it seems to have been a problem since I walked in the door the left-back position.

"We think we have it covered with three of them, then they're all injured. We'll adapt to it and get on with it."

There is some good news on the injury front at Portman Road though, after Damien Delaney came through a reserves run-out unscathed on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old defender underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg in the summer and played alongside midfielder Luciano Civelli, who continues his comeback from an 18-month lay-off.

"We still have to be careful, particularly with Luca, considering the length of time he's been out," said Keane.

"Both boys got 45 minutes on Wednesday, hopefully over the next few weeks, with them having more minutes on the training pitch, they'll get stronger and it certainly gives me more options."



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see also
Spurs winger agrees Ipswich loan
12 Aug 10 |  Ipswich
Celtic's O'Dea loaned to Ipswich
18 Aug 10 |  Ipswich
Keane cool on Ipswich transfers
26 Aug 10 |  Ipswich
Delaney faces spell on sidelines
19 Jul 10 |  Ipswich
Civelli Ipswich return a success
07 Jul 10 |  Ipswich


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