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Lankester Could Miss Blues Reunion
Thursday, 14th Oct 2021 11:53

Former Town forward Jack Lankester could miss Saturday’s game between the Blues and his new club Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

Lankester, 21, joined the U’s in the summer having been with Town, the club he supports, since he was nine.

The Bury St Edmunds-born player has so far made three starts - one in the league - and three sub appearances without scoring since making his move but head coach Mark Bonner says Lankester could miss out at the weekend.

“He took a bit of a knock last week in training so we just need to see how he is on Thursday and Friday as to whether he is fit and available to be selected,” Bonner told the Cambridge Independent. “He just needs to get a run - a run of games, a run of training.

“Timing has been really difficult for him at the moment to get to his peak. We’re also talking about a boy that had been at Ipswich since he was nine years old and sometimes moving club takes time to settle to get used to the surroundings to get used to a completely different culture and people.”

Bonner added: “We think we’ve got a really good player on our hands there, a really talented player, and we’ve just got to get him settled, used to our way, used to be playing senior football more regularly and he needs a bit of a break really in terms of his body holding up for him so he can get a run of games in training that will allow him to get to peak fitness.

“I think when he does, we will have a player who can win us games. I’m quite looking forward to seeing that.”

Lankester made 13 first-team starts and 17 sub appearances for the Blues, scoring three goals.

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RobITFC added 12:22 - Oct 14

markchips added 12:43 - Oct 14
good decision by the club -clearly has potential but no good to any team sitting on the sidelines telling everyone how good he is.

Mediocre_Quick added 12:48 - Oct 14
What a surprise, he's injured!

Garv added 12:51 - Oct 14
His injury record is the only real reason I'm not too upset that we let him go.

On quality alone he is good enough for this level.

OwainG1992 added 12:54 - Oct 14
That's a shame.

Always nice to see your academy products.

istanblue added 13:05 - Oct 14
Oh no! Anyway...

thatsbonkers added 13:13 - Oct 14
As a talented footballer who is just trying to establish his career I have nothing but sympathy for the lad.

BlueBlood90 added 13:50 - Oct 14
No real surprise that he's injured is it

TractorBeezer added 14:36 - Oct 14
Good luck Jack!

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:04 - Oct 14
Shame if he misses out but underlines why the club were probably right to let him go. Hope he gets a good run of fitness....just after the weekend ideally

Linkboy13 added 15:47 - Oct 14
Cannot understand why people keep saying he's got quality didn't really see it at Ipswich maybe one or two games. But like a lot of our youngsters over the past few seasons they get over hyped.

Eddie1985 added 19:21 - Oct 14
Lol, we've retained Nolan and never put him in the exiles so don't think we should be slagging off this homegrown player too much. He was released without a proper chance by a manager who is so far failure. Maybe if he was born in Toxteth he would be starting

cat added 20:11 - Oct 14
Hey Eddie, 4 wins in 6 shows improvement. Good reception for Cookie before last Saturdays game and if we win on Saturday it might be time to get a bit more positive!
Maybe Cook off loaded Lankester because of something you’re not aware of? Difficult to judge when you don’t know the facts, unless of course you do. Lol!

BTW I rated Lank highly before his injury, it’s always a shame when one of our own gets released.

algarvefan added 13:27 - Oct 15
Well said cat, we fans don't always know the full facts, wish the lad well and a speedy recovery.

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