Joe Dunne only has “fish-and-chip” money to spend on a new loan player

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, admits that he only has “fish-and-chip” money to spend, if he is to bolster his squad with a loan signing.

Dunne is considering a move to bring in a new loan striker, if target man Jabo Ibehre’s current injury woes do not clear up quickly.

Dunne revealed: “It’s aggravating me a little bit, because one minute I have got Jabo, and the next I haven’t got him.

“The problem is around the pelvic into the hamstring area, where there is some general stiffness.

“It didn’t respond in the warm-up on Friday, and I’m not going to give it too many more days. I haven’t got time to hang about.

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“Jabo is an important player for us, but I’ll have to activate a transfer if I can’t get him fit.

“Clinton (Morrison) is doing ever so well up front, holding up the ball and taking a lot of heat.

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“He is being kicked from pillar to post, and there’ only so much he will be able to take, we’ve got to look after him.

“I’ve got someone in mind, whom I have already made an enquiry about.

“But it’s all about timing.

“If I lose my left-back, then I haven’t got another left-back, and I’ve only got fish-and-chip money to bring one in.

“So I have to be double careful, I have to be so careful where the money goes.

“So it’s a balancing act at the moment, but I know exactly who I want if I need to get someone,” added Dunne.

The U’s entertain Bradford City tomorrow evening.

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