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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

Sean Murray, under pressure from Cambridge's Ade Azeez during the recent away defeat. Murray is back in trainign after a hip injury. Picture: PAGEPIX

Sean Murray, under pressure from Cambridge's Ade Azeez during the recent away defeat. Murray is back in trainign after a hip injury. Picture: PAGEPIX

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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.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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