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15 March 2018

Head injury leaves Garns on sidelines with shoulder surgery to come as well

Joe Garner has been ruled out for the season after sustaining a small fracture behind the ear at the base of his skull.

The striker was named as a substitute for the game against Hull on Tuesday but reported feeling unwell before the match.

“Joe has seen a specialist and he has small fracture behind his ear. It came about after a clash of heads against Sheffield United,” Town physio Matt Byard told the Club website.

“Garns said he was feeling dizzy in the dressing-room on Tuesday and we checked him over and pulled him out of the game.

“It’s a small fracture but it is affecting his balance and co-ordination. He doesn’t need an operation and it will settle down fine but he needs six to eight weeks off and that means the end of the season.”

The summer signing from Rangers has also been nursing knee and shoulder problems through the campaign.

“We have managed his shoulder with injections and rehab through the season but he will now have an operation on Monday,” added Matt.

“The joint is unstable but we would have waited until the end of the season for surgery. We will now bring that forward.

“In addition to that, he has been dealing with an on-going knee problem. It’s possible he may need surgery on that as well. We will wait and see.”

“Garns has my eternal admiration for the way he has coped with the knocks and injuries he has carried and got himself ready to play every week when a lot of players wouldn’t have made it,” Town boss Mick McCarthy told iFollow Ipswich.

“We have missed his physical presence and all-round ability in leading the line. People ask 'why have the goals dried up', well missing a fully fit Joe is one reason.”

Dominic Iorfa and Muzzy Carayol are also out of Saturday’s visit to Bristol City through injury but Cole Skuse is hopeful of recovering from a hamstring problem to face his former club.

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