Gillespie may need operation on fractured arm
COLCHESTER United manager John Ward has confirmed that striker Steven Gillespie may need an operation after suffering a fractured left arm in this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Brentford.
The U’s put in a much improved display on their travels to halt a run of four straight away defeats, Ian Henderson’s first half opener cancelled out by Sam Saunders’ 75th minute free-kick equaliser in an entertaining end-of-season mid-table battle.
The keenly-contested match was marred slightly though by an injury to Gillespie who landed awkwardly on his arm while trying to block a defensive clearance just before the break.
“There’s a fracture,” confirmed Ward. “He’s been taken to hospital by David Perkins (a close friend of Gillespie who himself is out with a hamstring injury) and the early prognosis is he may need an operation.
“It’s a freakish one but Tony Flynn (club physio) knew straight away it was a bad one. We’re going to try and take him back to Colchester and get him looked at there.
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“He’s obviously not going to play in the next three games and we’re going to miss him, but to be fair the boys dug in without him and got him a point at least.”
Reflecting on his side’s draw, Ward added: “I’m pleased with our response (after a 4-1 defeat at Carlisle).
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“Both teams have put in a really good effort in high temperatures and I think the fans appreciated that at the end.
“If we’d have had a slightly better touch in the final third we might have got another goal, but Brentford have also forced a couple of good saves out of Ben (Williams) so a draw was probably a fair result.”
Colchester United host League One champions Brighton on Easter Monday.
– For full report and reaction see tomorrow’s EADT.