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Kurtis Guthrie on Colchester United comeback trail

PUBLISHED: 15:24 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 December 2017

Kurtis Guthrie, during his initial failed comeback bid against Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy at the start of October.  Picture: STEVE WALLER    WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Kurtis Guthrie, during his initial failed comeback bid against Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy at the start of October. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Long-term injury victim, Kurtis Guthrie, is back in full training and champing at the bit to return to competitive action for Colchester United.

Front-runner Guthrie, the U’s joint second leading scorer with 12 goals last season, has hardly played since injuring his ankle during the 2-1 home win over Hartlepool, on February 25.

Almost 10 months later and Guthrie is nearing a return to the U’s first team squad, after a failed comeback attempt at the start of October.

“Kurtis is back training with the squad,” confirmed U’s boss John McGreal, during this lunchtime’s press conference ahead of this Saturday’s home match against Exeter City.

“He played 45 minutes the other night (for the under-23s against Newcastle, in a Premier League Cup tie), and we’ve pulled him out of tonight’s under-23 match at Swansea so we can assess him ahead of the weekend.

“We have to be wary, after his recent setback, but he has got through that stage.”

Guthrie was an 89th substitute in the 1-0 win at Yeovil, on September 30, and played the first 45 minutes of the EFL Trophy defeat to Gillingham three days later before suffering a reaction.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has urged his players to have a few beers on their Christmas night out following this afternoon’s 2-0 home win over Reading.

First-half goals from Callum Connolly and Joe Garner saw Ipswich Town beat Reading 2-0 at Portman Road to move up to eighth in the Championship table.

Ipswich Town host Reading in a Championship match this afternoon (3pm).

In this week’s nostalgia, we travel back to seven years ago when Town secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Reading at Portman Road on 5 April 2010

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hoping for some home tonic over the festive period.

A new book about Ipswich Town, called ‘My Favourite Game’, is on sale now, with proceeds going to charity.

Monday marks the 10th anniversary of Marcus Evans completing his takeover of Ipswich Town Football Club. Blues manager Mick McCarthy has today spoken openly about his working relationship with the owner.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hoping that Teddy Bishop can fill the shoes of injured Emyr Huws during the second half of the season.

Ipswich Town winger Danny Rowe will be joining League Two side Lincoln City on loan for the second half of the season when the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town host Reading in a Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

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