Colchester United manager Tony Humes’ big decision

Matt Briggs, in action against Bradford

Matt Briggs, in action against Bradford - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Colchester United boss, Tony Humes, has a big decision to make at left-back for this Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.

The U’s will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Bury, but they will have to make do without regular left-back Matt Briggs.

Briggs serves a one-match suspension for accruing five bookings during the first 11 fixtures.

The experienced George Elokobi is the obvious choice as a replacement, especially as the 29-year-old played most of his career on the left-side of defence, before his switch to centre-half.

Elokobi has been a substitute in recent games.

But Humes has other options, with the possibility of switching Tosin Olufemi from right-back to left-back, and dropping Joe Edwards back into right-back from his more familiar midfield role.

That could pave the way for Alex Gilbey’s return to the starting XI in midfield.

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“We will miss Matt (Briggs), but I have various options,” confirmed Humes, following today’s training session at Florence Park, Tiptree.

See tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times newspaper for a big interview with U’s midfielder Owen Garvan.

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