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Doug Loft set to retain his Colchester United place against Plymouth

PUBLISHED: 14:33 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 20 April 2017

Doug Loft, who scored in the first half for Colchester United during their first pre-season fixture of the season, at Maldon & Tiptree today.

Doug Loft, who scored in the first half for Colchester United during their first pre-season fixture of the season, at Maldon & Tiptree today.

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Doug Loft looks set to retain his place for Colchester United’s crunch home match against Plymouth on Saturday.

Loft started his first match since a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth on August 20, after a near eight-month struggle against injury, in the 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Easter Monday.

Ex-Gillingham midfielder Loft replaced Tom Lapslie, who missed out with a sore shoulder sustained during the 1-1 draw with Doncaster on Good Friday.

Lapslie could well sit out this weekend as well, but Loft impressed on his comeback at the Globe Arena and is desperate to be involved in the U’s exciting late dash for the play-offs.

“We’ve had to look after Doug (Loft) in training,” explained boss John McGreal, following this morning’s training session at Florence Park, Tiptree.

“We had hoped to get 45 or 60 minutes out of him, at Morecambe, and yet he ended up staying on for 78 minutes.

“Tom (Lapslie) has had an X-ray on his shoulder, and I would say that he is still struggling.

“The shoulder was too sore and quite swollen before the Morecambe game, so he did not travel.

“Knowing Tom, he will want to play against Plymouth, but we want to risk him then missing the last couple of games as a result,” added McGreal.

The U’s are just two points adrift of the top seven, with three matches remaining,.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Ipswich Town beat Colchester United 1-0 in a pre-season game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Ipswich Town head to local rivals Colchester United tonight, as the Blues’ preparations for the new Championship season step up a notch.

The best young female footballers in the region will be coming to Ipswich Town as the club saw off strong competition from other teams to partner the Football Association and host the FA Women’s U21 East Region Academy.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is confident he will have a striker signed before his side’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road, in just 11 days’ time.

Scorelines may not matter during pre-season, but the manner of performances and the attitudes of players in friendlies, such as tonight’s at Colchester United, do. Chris Brammer looks ahead ​to the game in Essex.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers knows his place in the team is not guaranteed this season.

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