Ipswich Town top scorer Tom Lawrence set to be key absentee against Norwich City

Tom Lawrence scored twice in Ipswich Towns recent 2-2 draw with Reading but is suspended for the de

Tom Lawrence scored twice in Ipswich Towns recent 2-2 draw with Reading but is suspended for the derby. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Top scorer Tom Lawrence will be a big miss for Ipswich at Carrow Road on Sunday.

Suspended Tom Lawrence will be a big miss for Town.

Suspended Tom Lawrence will be a big miss for Town. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The on-loan Leicester forward has scored 10 goals in 28 games for the Tractor Boys this season but picked up a two-game ban after being booked for the 10th time.

He missed Town's 1-1 home draw with Leeds on Saturday, with Freddie Sears taking the support striker role just behind David McGoldrick, and is widely considered to have been the Blues' best player this term.

The 23-year-old Wales international, who started at Manchester United and has had loan spells at clubs including Blackburn and Cardiff, also has five assists to his name.

'I'm loving playing for Ipswich and really enjoying my football,' Lawrence said. 'The goals are going in and things are going well for me, apart from being suspended now. My agent was keen for me to come here when Leicester said I could go out on loan. I trusted him and it's proved to be the right decision.'

Tom Lawrence fires Ipswich 1-0 up against Reading at Portman Road. Picture: Steve Waller

Tom Lawrence fires Ipswich 1-0 up against Reading at Portman Road. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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Norwich and Derby were reportedly among a host of clubs interested in signing Lawrence in January.

'I have got a year left on my contract at Leicester but I've not really been involved there so I would say my future is away from there at the moment,' he added, speaking to Town's matchday programme.

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'I know there was some interest from clubs in January but the manager here said that I would be staying here until the end of the season and that was fine by me.

'In the summer, who knows what will happen. The Premier League is where every footballer strives to be. It's one of – if not the best – league in the world. Hopefully I can play there again.'

As well as Lawrence missing the game through suspension, Town will be without two of their January signings.

Former Newcastle centre-back Steven Taylor signed on a free after a short spell playing for Portland Timbers in the USA last year but is out for another three weeks with a hamstring injury.

On-loan Reading striker Dominic Samuel hasn't even played yet after picking up a broken toe which will keep him out until late March but another loanee, Toumani Diagouraga, is set to return as a midfield option after being unavailable against his parent club Leeds.

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