Ipswich will be without defender Damien Delaney for the visit of Doncaster.

Delaney limped out of the 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend with an ankle injury and the Republic of Ireland international has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Youngster Tommy Smith is favourite to take his place in central defence as the 20-year-old looks to cement his place in the New Zealand World Cup squad.

Teenager Connor Wickham has started the last two games and will hope to keep his place in the starting line-up as manager Roy Keane looks for a return to winning ways.

Goalkeeper Richard Wright has been out since injuring his knee in November and Keane remains without winger Luciano Civelli, who is out until September as he battles to save his career following a serious knee injury.

Doncaster skipper Brian Stock could be included in the squad for the first time since February.

Midfielder Stock has been sidelined with a back injury that has restricted him to just 18 appearances this season. But he has shown no reaction since returning to full training last week and is available.

James Coppinger is also expected to return after missing the defeat to West Brom with an ankle injury sustained last Friday.

But manager Sean O'Driscoll will be without another midfielder, Martin Woods, who will miss the rest of the season after being pencilled in for surgery on his groin next week.

James Hayter is fit despite hurting his arm during a collision with a goalpost against West Brom and is expected to continue his partnership with Paul Heffernan up front as Billy Sharp is ruled out with a torn thigh muscle.

Doncaster will be looking to halt their recent slide down the table after three straight defeats with their first win of the month.

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