Can Colchester United win without Owen Garvan in their team?

Owen Garvan fends off a challenge during the U's 0-0 draw at Mansfield in December

Owen Garvan fends off a challenge during the U's 0-0 draw at Mansfield in December

Colchester United have yet to win a game, when Owen Garvan has NOT been in the team, since the U’s last played Blackpool!

Colchester United have yet to win a game, when Owen Garvan has NOT been in the team, since the U’s last played Blackpool!

That was back on September 10, 2016, a long 145 days ago, following a 3-2 home success over the Seasiders.

The U’s travel to Bloomfield Road for the return match this weekend, and Garvan is unlikely to feature.

However, manager John McGreal has recruited well during the last month’s transfer window, so he will be confident that his side can win matches without classy midfielder Garvan in the ranks.


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The Dubliner is rated as very doubtful for the trip to Blackpool, although McGreal has not given up hope of the 29-year-old making a quick recovery.

“Owen picked up a knee injury in training, the day before the Exeter match,” explained McGreal. “He has not trained since then, but I am always hopeful. We have to wait and see how the knee is after some rest.”

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Ex-Ipswich Town maestro Garvan missed the first three months of the season, because of a hip injury suffered during pre-season.

During his absence, the League Two club managed just four victories, including a dismal run of 13 games without a win in all competitions.

Garvan’s eventual return to the team, for the midweek test at Cheltenham on November 22, coincided with the U’s stopping that awful run with a 3-0 success in Gloucestershire.

An unbeaten nine-game run followed, with seven wins and two draws, before the 3-0 defeat at Exeter last Saturday week, when Garvan was back on the sidelines.

If, as seems likely, Garvan won’t make the starting line-up at 13th-placed Blackpool, then McGreal still has a lot of options available to him.

Sean Murray, the U’s last signing before the transfer window closed on Tuesday evening, on an 18-month deal, is an obvious contender.

The former Watford stalwart is not exactly struggling for match-fitness, having made 23 first-team appearances for his previous club Swindon Town this season.

Furthermore, Tommy O’Sullivan, recruited from Cardiff on a free earlier in the month, is also champing at the bit. He was an unused substitute at Exeter.

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