BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Scotland Under-21 winger Ryan Fraser has been told he will not walk straight back into the Ipswich team after recovering from the knee injury that kept him sidelined for nearly two months.
Fraser, who is on loan at Ipswich from Bournemouth, damaged knee medial ligaments while on international duty during October and returned to his parent club for treatment.
But with the Tractor Boys having won their last three away matches ahead of tonight’s trip to Fulham, manager Mick McCarthy admits the former Aberdeen youngster will have to patient in his bid to return to the first team.
McCarthy said: “He’s ready to start a game, no question.
“Watching him, he’s been terrific in training over the last few days.
“Complete 90 minutes? That’s another thing altogether but he can start, he’s sharp and strong enough and completely injury free.
“He’s trained brilliantly. But I’ve just spoken to him and said: ‘Look, we’ve been playing well and winning’, and he understands.
“He’s back and he’s ready to go. If I need him, he can play.”