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Ipswich Town cut short loan spell of Everton winger Grant

Conor Grant endured a difficult spell at Ipswich. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have decided to end the loan spell of Everton winger Conor Grant early.

The 21-year-old joined on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window but has failed to make an impact at Portman Road.

Instead of seeing out the rest of the campaign in Suffolk, he will instead return to Goodison Park to feature for the Premier League club's under 23s side.

Grant made seven appearances for Ipswich.

I felt bad for Conor because he has come to us to play games and although he has had a few appearances, his time on the pitch has been limited.

The reality is that he was here to develop his game and that wasn’t happening because he wasn’t getting the time on the pitch he needs at his age.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

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Ipswich Town defender Emmanuel agrees new deal

Josh Emmanuel is staying at Portman Road. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Ipswich Town defender Josh Emmanuel has signed a new contract with the club.

The 19-year-old will now remain at Portman Road until the summer of 2019 and has the option to extend that deal by a further year.

Emmanuel has impressed in The Championship this season - making four appearances.

I’m obviously delighted to have signed a new contract.

I’m enjoying life, enjoying my football and I want to keep on improving my game.

It’s about being more consistent in my performances and doing what I need to do to be ready when I am called upon.

– Josh Emmanuel, Ipswich Town

Meanwhile, Emmanuel's Ipswich teammate Jonas Knudsen has been called up to the Denmark squad for their World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan tonight but Adam Webster will miss the next three weeks with a groin injury.

Strong East Anglian contingent for England v Scotland clash

Russell Martin and Steven Naismith will be hoping to cause a shock at Wembley. Credit: PA

Norwich City duo Russell Martin and Steven Naismith have been named in the Scotland squad for their clash against England at Wembley.

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra has also been picked for the fixture which will be shown live on ITV on 11 November.

Meanwhile, Ipswich striker David McGoldrick has returned to the Republic of Ireland squad for their game against Austria after recovering from a long-term injury.

Norwich's Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan have also been selected while Ipswich's Jonny Williams and Tom Lawrence have been called up by Wales to face Serbia.

EFL preview: Norwich City & Ipswich Town back in action

Norwich City and Ipswich Town are back in action. Credit: PA

Our Championship teams are back in action this weekend following the international break.

Norwich City face the bottom club Rotherham United, while Ipswich Town also play another struggling team in the shape of Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries have been boosted with the news that defender Timm Klose is fit enough to feature despite picking up an ankle knock on international duty but winger Robbie Brady is a doubt.

Midfielder Jonny Williams could make his latest debut for Ipswich after recovering from injury.

In League One, there's a tough test for MK Dons who take on the leaders Scunthorpe United.

This weekend's fixtures

  • Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town (Championship)
  • Norwich City v Rotherham United (Championship)
  • Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Millwall (League One)
  • Scunthorpe United v MK Dons (League One)
  • Southend United v Chesterfield (League One)
  • Cambridge United v Grimsby Town (League Two)
  • Doncaster Rovers v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Luton Town (League Two)
  • Morecambe v Stevenage (League Two)

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Ipswich Town midfielder Hyam suffers injury setback

Luke Hyam is facing a long spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam has suffered an setback in his recovery from a problematic knee injury.

The 24-year-old has been out since August and will now face another two months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.

Hyam was expected to be back in action imminently but suffered a reaction.

"Unfortunately the symptoms returned again and having seen a specialist, surgery was recommended this time," physio Matt Byard said.

"Luke’s had the operation and we hope that will sort the problem.

“It’s going to be another eight weeks or so before we would expect to see him close to being back on the training field.”

In more positive news, striker David McGoldrick has returned to training following his ankle injury and defender Adam Webster is also fit again.

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