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Colchester United v Gillingham: The home return of Kurtis Guthrie

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:09 03 October 2017

Kurtis Guthrie celebrates after scoring in the U's 2-1 home win over Hartlepool on Febuary 25. He suffered a long-term ankle injury towards the end of that match. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Kurtis Guthrie celebrates after scoring in the U's 2-1 home win over Hartlepool on Febuary 25. He suffered a long-term ankle injury towards the end of that match. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Kurtis Guthrie made his long-awaited return to the Colchester United first-team squad, albeit as an injury-time substitute at Yeovil on Saturday.

And the U’s front-runner should be given a longer run-out tonight, against Gillingham in a Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group B match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium (7.45).

Guthrie had bagged 12 goals from 33 league appearances in his first season with the U’s last term, until suffering ankle ligament damage in late February which required surgery.

“It’s great for Kurtis to be back in action. We got him on to give us a lift near the end,” said U’s boss John McGreal.

“Yeovil put the ball in the box late on, but for whatever reason, the ball always seems to be attracted to Kurtis. He is one of those sort of players – he loves to run with the ball.”

Guthrie’s availability will increase McGreal’s attacking options, over the months ahead, as the U’s bid to climb the League Two table.


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