Ipswich midfielder Dominic Ball could be named in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Wanderers, says boss Kieran McKenna.

The 27-year-old looked set to miss the remainder of the campaign after having knee surgery back in November.

But Ball has been training on grass for several weeks and recently returned to training with the group.

McKenna must now decide whether the midfielder is ready to return to the first-team picture against the Whites.

He told East Anglian Daily Times: "Discussions are to be had as to whether he is in the matchday squad against Bolton or stays behind to get some minutes in the Under-21s. 

“He’s been working outside on the grass for probably six weeks with the fitness coaches and he’s joined in with the group over the last week. 

“It’s about picking the right time to reintegrate him to the squad."

Ipswich are preparing for their third game in eight days, and McKenna admits their busy schedule may impact his team selection at the UniBol.

“We’re as good as we could hope for," he added. “Of course, you’ve got the likes of Massimo (Luongo), who’s had two starts now in quick succession having not started many before then.  

“Nathan Broadhead is probably in that category as well as somebody who hasn’t started too many back-to-back games. 

“We felt it was really important to respect each game and Tuesday night was certainly in that category.

“We wanted to keep momentum in the group that has been starting more of the games. We managed to get some players off in both games, which is useful.

"But the fact this is our third game in a week, it’s a long travel and we’re playing against a team who have had a week to prepare. It is something we’re certainly going to have to factor into the selection."

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