Karl and Kemi hope neither enjoy their meals tonight

KEMI Izzet and Karl Duguid formed a strong friendship during their overlapping years at Colchester United, but there will be no love lost between the pair this afternoon.

New U’s skipper Izzet is in his 10th year the Essex club, while Duguid spent 16 years at Layer Road before his departure to Plymouth two years ago.

The pair have spoken warmly about each other in the build-up to today’s match, which is the first time Duguid has faced his boyhood club.

However, with the old pals having already arranged to meet up after the final whistle, Izzet says all friendship will have to be put on ice for 90 minutes.

“He (Duguid) has legend status here and he deserves it because he put a lot of years and lot of graft into this club and achieved some big things,” said the U’s skipper.

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“My wife and I have arranged to go out for a meal with him and his wife after the game so hopefully we’ll be the ones gloating!”

Duguid, who is likely to start at right-back for the visitors today, joined Colchester at the age of 16 back in 1994.

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The versatile defender/midfielder went on to make 386 appearances over 13 seasons at Layer Road, enduring long-term injury lows as well as the highs of skippering the club during their promotion to the Championship.

After the U’s were relegated back to League One in 2008, Duguid signed for Plymouth to remain in the second tier. And he has been a regular over the last two seasons, already racking up over 80 appearances and becoming a favourite amongst The Green Army.

Speaking ahead of his reunion with Izzet, Duguid said: “Kem is captain and that’s something he deserves too, because he’s grown up at Colchester.

“He deserves his testimonial year – he’s been through bad times like any other player.”

– Full article in today’s EADT. For live updates from today’s game follow Stuart_Watson at www.twitter.com.

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