Dunne blessed with an injury-free squad

Joe Dunne

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Colchester United boss Joe Dunne has confirmed that he has no injury worries, ahead of this season’s opener at Gillingham on Saturday.

The U’s have had a few injury scares during pre-season, most notably to centre-half Josh Thompson, midfielder Craig Eastmond and winger Sanchez Watt.

It was feared that Eastmond might be out long-term, but has since made a good recovery from an ankle injury sustained in the pre-season opener at Heybridge, while Watt should be back in training this week after picking up a knock during last weekend’s 2-1 win at Maldon & Tiptree.

Dunne confirmed: “Sanchz (Watt) did not train on Monday, but he only went off as a precaution.

“I think he will be fine. We are just monitoring him.

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“Craig (Eastmond) had 20 minutes against Ipswich (3-0 defeat last week) and then 90 minutes over the weekend.

“Craig will feature against Ipswich (Under-21s) this afternoon.

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“But he’s fine. In fact, the whole training group is fit,” added Dunne.

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