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Downes Limps Off in England U20s Defeat
Monday, 14th Oct 2019 21:30

Flynn Downes limped off injured late on having come off the bench as an England’s U20s side also featuring Andre Dozzell lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic at Peterborough United’s London Road.

Downes, who was winning his fourth cap, came on as a sub in the second half - replacing Dozzell in the 65th minute - and worryingly for Town came off with what appeared to be a hip problem in the closing stages, forcing the Young Lions to finish the game with only 10 men.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been a key man in the Blues’ excellent start to the season, having rarely been subject to manager Paul Lambert’s rotation policy.

Fellow midfielder Dozzell, also 20, started the game and won his seventh U20s cap.

England U20s: Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town) (Tom McGill (Brighton & Hove Albion) 46), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea) (Joel Latibeaudiere (FC Twente, loan from Manchester City) 85), Brandon Williams (Manchester United) (Ryan Giles (Shrewsbury Town, loan from Wolves) 65), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) (c), Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City) (Luke Bolton (Luton Town, loan from Manchester City) 75), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town) (Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) 65), Jonathan Leko (Charlton Athletic, loan from West Bromwich Albion) (Danny Loader (Reading) 75), Callum Slattery (Southampton) (Jack Clarke (Tottenham Hotspur) 65), Angel Gomes (Manchester United). Unused: Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Josef Bursik (Accrington Stanley, loan from Stoke City).

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Juggsy added 21:32 - Oct 14

algarvefan added 21:43 - Oct 14

dubblue added 21:50 - Oct 14
hope it is nothing too serious

Sindre94 added 22:00 - Oct 14
Bummer. But opens the door for Huws - potentially Nolan as a CM and Judge behind Jacko/Nors.

chepstowblue added 23:09 - Oct 14
Not ideal,but if this gives an opportunity to the far more talented Huws then whilst not being a blessing in disguise it means that we start with a player who's comfortable with the ball as opposed to Downes who's more comfortable without it. If anything we'll look a far more attractive side if a change is enforced.

Toronto_Tractor added 01:24 - Oct 15
hes been great for us this year. I wish people would see the bigger picture with team selection. Huws has completed 90 mins on so few occasions in the last few years and clearly can not be relied upon. Consistency is whats needed with this town team and ill be gutted if Flynn gets added to our long-term injury list.

harlingblue added 01:58 - Oct 15
I hope that it is just a knock, Flynn has been a star in our midfield alongside Skuse.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 07:44 - Oct 15
Gutted for Flynn, and hope it's not serious. But we're going to get injuries - every team is - and PL's large squad policy, which some of us wondered a bit about at the start, is looking more and more like sound planning.

midastouch added 08:36 - Oct 15
Echo the sentiments above. Flynn has really stepped up this season and would be a big loss but hopefully it's nothing too serious. Fingers crossed!

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