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U’s team news ahead of Rovers clash

PUBLISHED: 11:05 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 February 2013

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Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, has no new injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s key home game against Tranmere Rovers.

The U’s have dropped back into the relegation zone, following last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United, combined with results elsewhere, but Dunne has virtually a full-strength squad at his disposal.

Right-back Brian Wilson missed the trip to Bramall Lane, due to a calf injury, but he is pushing for a return.

The U’s only two long-term absentees, club skipper Kem Izzet and deputy keeper Mark Cousins, are also back in training after their respective ankle and wrist injuries.

Cousins will be hoping to return to the bench, as back-up for Sam Walker, although Izzet is still some way off a return to competitive senior action – the midfielder’s last game was the 1-0 defeat at Doncaster on January 5. He could be pushing for a place by mid-March.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s visitors Tranmere boosted their attacking options yesterday, by signing Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe on loan for the remainder of the season.

Big target man Sidibe has struggled with serious injuries in recent years, but could still prove to be a handful at this level.

The Mali international scored once in 10 outings for Championship club Sheffield Wednesday during a loan spell earlier in the season.

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Ipswich Town are ready to make a £500k bid for Rangers striker Joe Garner, according to the Daily Express.

Former Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings surprised some AFC Bournemouth fans by turning up for a seven-a-side kick-about last night following an exchange on Twitter.

A young Ipswich Town goalkeeper has apologised after posting “insensitive” messages on social media following the Manchester terror attack on Monday night.

Ipswich Town will travel to League One Giliingham to play a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 22.

Christophe Berra has re-joined his hometown club of Hearts following his recent release from Ipswich Town.

Winger Michael Kightly could be in line for a reunion with Mick McCarthy, at Ipswich Town, following confirmation of his release by Burnley this afternoon.

Safety measures will be reviewed ahead of the Elton John concert at Portman Road football stadium in Ipswich next month.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has largely been restricted to signing free agents during his four-and-a-half years at the club. Here are a few released players he might look at this summer.

Striker Daryl Murphy has revealed that Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was upset over the timing of his switch to Newcastle United last summer.

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