Colchester United boss John McGreal gives his assessment on Kurtis Guthrie’s injury

Chris Porter sits on the ground in disappointment after a second-half chance goes begging at Accring

Chris Porter sits on the ground in disappointment after a second-half chance goes begging at Accrington Stanley, in Saturday's 2-1 defeat. Picture: PAGEPIX

Kurtis Guthrie was stretchered off late on during this afternoon’s 2-1 home win over Hartlepool United, a result which has kept Colchester United in the top seven.

After a goalless first half, the U’s took charge when leading scorer Guthrie headed home his 12th goal of the season in the 63rd minute.

Guthrie steamed in to head powerfully home from Richard Brindley’s precision cross from the right flank. It was a clinical finish.

And Guthrie was the creator of the U’s second goal, which arrived courtesy of Chris Porter’s penalty in the 78th minute.

Nathan Thomas halved the deficit in the 82nd minute, but the U’s held on, despite Guthrie suffering an ankle injury late on, which saw him stretchered off.

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“Kurtis is laid up in the physio room,” revealed McGreal after the final whistle.

“He’s gutted and he’s got a big ice pack on his ankle.

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“It’s an ankle injury and I guess he will end up having a scan as quickly as possible.

“It’s a contact injury, but it was a good tackle by their lad, there was nothing malicious in it.

“Kurtis is a tough guy, so when he does go down, you know that he is hurt.

“We will have to let the swelling go down first,” added McGreal.

Of today’s victory, McGreal said: “We made it difficult for ourselves, and it was a poor goal to concede to let them back in it.

“But I thought our performance was better in the second half overall,”

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