Ipswich Town midfielder Panutche Camara has started for the club’s U21s in a clash with Charlton Athletic’s youngsters today.
Ipswich Town pulled off one of the summer’s more eye-catching deals in signing midfielder Camara from League One promotion candidates Plymouth Argyle, but his time at Portman Road has been a tough one to date.
The Guinea-Bissau international has endured an injury-hit spell with the Tractor Boys to date. He’s been limited to just four competitive outings for the club, the last of which came in the EFL Trophy against Portsmouth back in November.
The road to recovery has been long for Camara, but he looks to have taken big steps towards first-team contention today.
As confirmed on the club’s official website, the 26-year-old was named in John McGreal’s starting XI as Ipswich Town’s U21s took on Charlton Athletic’s youngsters. It marks the biggest step forwards towards his full return from a groin injury that has hampered his first season in East Anglia.
A welcome returnee…
Kieran McKenna would have been hoping central midfielder Camara could play a central role in their promotion upon his arrival. It hasn’t panned out quite as anyone would’ve hoped so far, but there’s still time for the ex-Plymouth Argyle star to have an impact.
The fight for automatic promotion is still alive and given that McKenna has had to fare without depth in midfield for much of this season, Camara’s return will certainly be a welcome one.
They’ll be wary not to push him too much after such a long time out, but a player of his abilities could be crucial in the final stages of the promotion fight if he can retain his fitness.