Injury update on Colchester United defender Frankie Kent

A last ditch lunging tackle from Frankie Kent stops Ipswich's David McGoldrick in last week's pre-se

A last ditch lunging tackle from Frankie Kent stops Ipswich's David McGoldrick in last week's pre-season friendly. Kent injured his knee late on in that game. Picture: PAGEPI

Frankie Kent, a regular during pre-season, did not feature at all during Colchester United’s 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham on Friday night, the U’s last friendly of the summer.

Centre-half Kent was sidelined through injury, but boss John McGreal does not expect the 21-year-old defender to be out for too long.

“Frankie (Kent) just opened his knee a little bit the other night (against Ipswich, last Tuesday),” revealed McGreal.

“He did it late on when he over-stretched in clearing the ball, opening his knee up.

“He will be assessed, day-to-day, but we’re hoping that it might settle down very quickly,” added McGreal.

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However, it appears unlikely that Kent will be fit enough to feature on the opening day of the season, away at Accrington Stanley, certainly in terms of starting the game.

Kent missed the last three months of last season, after suffering ruptured ankle ligaments during the U’s 2–1 victory against Barnet in mid-February.

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