Walker to make comeback
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
England international Ian Walker is set to return for Leicester City after being sidelined since September with a troublesome knee injury.
The 33-year old has undergone four months of treatment and could finally make his comeback in a reserve game against Coventry on Tuesday night, having been on the bench for the club's last match against Blackpool.
New Leicester boss Craig Levein expressed his delight at having Walker fit again, emphasising that the ex-Spurs man should be at the peak of his career and that the club have been unlucky to miss out on Walker's services for the prolonged period.
"We will be fielding another pretty young reserve side to face Coventry tonight, and we are hoping that Ian Walker might play a part in the match," the ex-Hearts boss told the club's official website.
"It was a big positive to have Ian on the bench for the game against Blackpool on Saturday."
To compensate for his loss The Foxes brought in Stuart Taylor from Arsenal, although his loan period is close to expiring and Levein is unsure of the youngster's future.
"Stuart Taylor's loan is coming to an end and we will have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks whether we extend that, although we haven't gone down that road with Arsenal yet."
"But if Ian Walker is fit then that could enable us to get him back in the team maybe sooner rather than later.
"He is an experienced player and he is at the age when he should be playing the best football of his career.
"We have been unfortunate that we haven't been able to benefit from that in recent months. We want to get him back in the team as quickly as possible."