Cheltenham Town v Colchester United, team news: U's players on comeback trail
PUBLISHED: 14:18 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:44 14 September 2017
Some of Colchester United's walking wounded have returned to training this week.
The U’s were without 10 players, due to injury, for Tuesday night’s 1-1 home draw against Chesterfield.
That could again be the case for this weekend’s trip to Cheltenham, although longer term the news is encouraging.
The midfield duo of Doug Loft and Sean Murray have both returned to training, after their respective calf and hip injuries, while long-term injury victim Kurtis Guthrie is earmarked to play for the U’s Under-23s on Monday week (at home to Millwall on September 25).
Speaking at this lunchtime’s press conference, manager John McGreal said: “At least two of the injured lads are back on the training pitch, which is a big boost for the whole squad.
“I had 10 players unavailable for selection this week, so that was why it was vital to get all those new players in on transfer deadline day. All five were involved on Tuesday night.
“Both Sean (Murray) and Doug (Loft) are back out there on the training ground, although we have to assess whether to push them forward for this weekend.
“We have a break (no midweek game), before the following weekend’s home match against Wycombe.”
With reference to striker Guthrie, McGreal said: “ Kurtis has returned to training and we have pencilled him in for the Milwall Under-23s match on Monday week. That’s the plan.
“He has got through a lot of good work recently, and so it’s positive news.”
However, centre-half Frankie Kent is again set to miss out with a knee injury, which saw him limp off at half-time during last Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Crawley.
Coventry City loanee Kyel Reid remains on the sidelines, while the likes of Brennan Dickenson, Craig Slater, Courtney Senior, Luke Prosser and Tariq Issa are still on the injured list.