Noel's back on Hunt for goals at Ipswich
Ireland striker Noel Hunt is in line for a return to action for Ipswich Town next weekend after a remarkable recovery from injury.
The 32-year-old had been ruled out for the season after he suffered a knee injury in February. But Hunt remained determined to feature for promotion-chasing Ipswich before the season was over and, following a lot of hard work in his rehab programme, he's now within sight of the first team again.
Hunt did not feature, as planned, for the Town reserves last night but the club still hope he will be involved for Saturday's Championship meeting with Blackburn Rovers, with Ipswich needing just a point to make sure of a place in the playoffs.
"He's recovered fairly quickly but it's only Lazarus-like because of the work he's put in," said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy.
"He's been eating the work up to get back, he's a real specimen. He's fantastic, remarkable.
"He trained fully on Friday, with a view that he'll be available for us at Blackburn because Luke Varney can't be involved because it's his parent club. It'll be great to have him back if we're in the play-offs - fresh players."
With 25 league goals, Hunt's fellow Waterford man Daryl Murphy has been a key figure in their promotion push but David McGoldrick has been out with an injury along with the Hunt brothers, Noel and Stephen.