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Ipswich Town Vs West Bromwich Albion, Tue 26 Jan 2010

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Ipswich captain Jon Walters is an injury doubt to face high-flying West Brom at Portman Road.

Walters was withdrawn at half-time of Saturday`s FA Cup defeat at League One side Southampton with a hamstring strain and he is unlikely to line up for Roy Keane`s side on Tuesday night.

Keane is boosted however by the return of Jon Stead, who could take Walters` place in attack.

Stead has missed the last four games following his red card at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day but will be eager to return and add to his six goals this season.

Pablo Counago is another striking option available to Keane after the Spaniard scored from the bench for the second successive game on Saturday.

Goalkeepers Richard Wright (knee) and Brian Murphy (ankle) remain sidelined and Argentinian winger Luciano Civelli will not be back until next season after knee surgery.

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo should have a virtually full-strength squad to choose from.

The Baggies will be in confident mood after defeating Championship leaders Newcastle on Saturday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

James Morrison remains the only injury absentee as he continues to struggle with a heel problem, but the midfielder is looking to return to action in the near future.

Albion are hopeful that Abdoulaye Meite will return to the club over the next few days following his international commitments with the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, but the defender will definitely not feature on Tuesday.

Di Matteo's men have already beaten Ipswich this season - claiming a 2-0 victory at The Hawthorns in August.

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