Craig Slater has big role to play for Colchester United due to Sean Murray’s suspension

Craig Slater in action against Blackpool's Neil Danns, the former U's midfielder, during last Saturd

Craig Slater in action against Blackpool's Neil Danns, the former U's midfielder, during last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road. Picture by RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Colchester Uni

Craig Slater is set to play a key role in this Saturday’s home game against Barnet.

Colchester United midfielder Slater has been nursing a slight injury in recent games, and was substituted after 65 minutes during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool.

However, the Scotsman will have little to chance rest up, due to fellow midfielder Sean Murray’s suspension.

Recent recruit Murray, who replaced Slater at Bloomfield Road, was sent off in injury time for a rash challenge on Jim McAlister, which left the Seasiders’ wing-back with a fractured tibia.

Murray therefore serves the first of a three-match ban this weekend, so Slater will retain his place in the starting line-up against the Bees.


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“We are managing Craig’s (Slater’s) injury as well as we can,” explained manager John McGreal during this lunchtime’s press conference.

“Craig wants to play, all the time.

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“We have to manage it, but he’s in a good place at the moment, as is everyone – it is a tight group.”

Murray will also miss Tuesday night’s home game against Crawley, and the following Saturday’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

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