Jonny Williams hopes injury misfortune is behind him as he gets ready for Ipswich Town loan

PUBLISHED: 15:28 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 02 September 2016

Jonny Williams lays injured against Watford

Jonny Williams lays injured against Watford

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Playing for Wales aside, it’s fair to say Jonny Williams has not had the best of luck over the last couple of seasons.

The 22-year-old rejoined Ipswich on a season-long loan move from Premier League side Crystal Palace on Wednesday, although Blues fans will have to wait until next month, at least, to see him pull on a shirt for the first team.

Williams, who started one game for Chris Coleman’s impressive Wales team during Euro 2016, was crocked during Palace’s final pre-season game of the summer, against Farnborough.

The diminutive midfielder must have thought he had run over a black cat, having seen his second loan spell at Portman Road wrecked by injury during the 2014-15 season.

Having impressed in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign, Williams came back to Suffolk and was just getting into his stride when he was the victim of a crude tackle from then-Watford defender Jonas Ekstrand.

Williams damaged a groin, limped back to Palace and, although he signed for a third spell towards the end of that season, could not play a major part as Town reached the play-offs.

“I was just starting to get going,” recalled Williams.

“I played the first six games I think, and was playing well.

“(Daryl) Murphy was there playing well, then there was Freddie (Sears) and Didz (David McGoldrick) and we were looking strong.

“It was such a shame to get injured, having put in some good performances and been away with Wales. The timing was unlucky and it was a bad tackle.”

The injury curse struck again in the summer, the youngster having come back fit and ready from France, Williams adding: “I was only supposed to be playing a half and I got hacked down after about 30 minutes,” he said. “I have seen the tackle back, it could have been a nasty one. I got out of it just in time.”

Now Williams has a chance to rebuild his career again with Town and admits he may have some thinking to do over his long-term future, having yet to establish himself with the Eagles.

“I have been talking about that for a while and it’s down to opportunities at the end of the day, whether that’s been stunted by injury or team selection I’m not sure. There comes to a point where you want to be settled or playing and it will get to that point where a decision will have to be made.”

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