Ipswich Town  right-back Harry Clarke to be  out for Six months  and miss Pre- Season and  Premier League opening  fixtures  after undergone surgery on the Achilles injury…

The 23-year-old made 39 appearances as the Tractor Boys won automatic promotion to the Premier League.

But he was an unused substitute for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town which sealed their top-flight return after a gap of 22 years.

“As the people closest to me know, the last two seasons I’ve struggled with some pretty bad Achilles issues,” he posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Road to recovery and to the Premier League starts now.”

Clarke joined Ipswich from Arsenal in the 2023 January transfer window and scored his first goal for the club when they beat Blackburn 4-3 at Portman Road last September.

Forward Sone Aluko, meanwhile, has retired from playing at the age of 35.

He played his final game for Ipswich in their shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat by non-league Maidstone United in January.

Clarke was scouted for the Ipswich academy when he was playing for Brantham Athletic. He eventually made the switch to Arsenal’s academy when he was 14 years old. On Arsenal’s profile page for Clarke, he is described as a “hard-working central defender, who is also capable of playing in midfield”. The young defender played 52 times for Arsenal Under 18s and Under 23s, scoring three goals and registering three assists. Following successful seasons in the development setup at Arsenal, he earned a professional contract at the North London club in August 2018. This was extended just over a year later, in December 2019, before he was then sent on loan to various professional clubs in Scotland and England.

After playing development football for the Gunners, he first joined Oldham Athletic on loan, where he played 35 games for the League Two club in the 2020/21 season. His loan was originally only until January 2021, but after impressing under manager Harry Kewell, his contract was extended until the end of the season. Speaking about Clarke’s impact in January 2021, Kewell said:

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