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Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

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.

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Ipswich Town have announced the signing of winger Gwion Edwards from League One side Peterborough united.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has suggested there will be several more ins and outs over the next month as he looks to really put his own stamp on the squad.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has today signed a bumper new long-term contract.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says a few of his players could take a leaf out of teenage midfielder Andre Dozzell’s book.

Former Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick is set to join Championship rivals Sheffield United on trial, according to the Sheffield Star.

Ipswich Town duo Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Morris have officially been named in the England squad that has travelled to Finland for the European Under-19 Championships.

Andre Dozzell has his sights set firmly on the opening day of the Championship season as he steps up his recovery from last season’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town started their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Braintree Town on Saturday afternoon. Stuart Watson gives his snap observations.

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski is close to signing a new, long-term contract with Ipswich Town.

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