Colchester United’s Craig Slater faces an uncertain next couple of weeks
Craig Slater will not know the extent of his hip injury for another fortnight.
Colchester United’s talented midfielder has sat out the last couple of matches, due to a hip injury, and he might yet face an extended stay on the sidelines.
Slater enjoyed a fine first two-thirds of his first season with the U’s last term, before he was dogged by hernia and groin problems which eventually required an operation.
The 23-year-old Scotsman has struggled for fitness ever since, and was straining to rediscover his old form when his current injury came to light.
Manager John McGreal revealed: “Craig (Slater) has got to rest up for a couple of weeks.
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“Then we’ve got to let it (hip) settle down.
“He’s possibly got a little bit of a tear in there, so we are waiting to see if it will settle down.
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“So it’s one of them really - it is a bit of a juggling act – will it settle down? We will have to wait and see after a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t, then he will be going in,” said McGreal, suggesting that surgery might be the ultimate outcome.
McGreal added: “It’s one step at a time.”
At least Slater was not really missed during the U’s superb 5-1 home win over Forest Green Rovers yesterday. It was their first victory of the new season.