Karl Duguid to miss day-trip to Oldham

COLCHESTER United stalwart Karl Duguid will again miss out, at Oldham this evening, after injurying his foot in training on the eve of Saturday’s goalless draw against Rochdale.

Duguid had celebrated his 400th league game in a U’s shirt during the recent home victory over Brentford.

“Karl turned his ankle in training last Friday, and won’t be fit for this game. There was bruising and some swelling,” revealed manager John Ward last night.

“However, we acted quickly with the injury and we are very hopeful that he will be back in the squad for this weekend.”

Ward has no new injury concerns, although he might be tempted to tinker with his starting line-up after a frustrating stalemate against Dale.

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The likes of striker Kayode Odejayi and midfielders Andy Bond and Lloyd James are all waiting patiently for a return to the side.

The U’s will be travelling up to Oldham early this morning, to arrive in the north-west by lunchtime to relax before the game.

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Oldham boss Paul Dickov looks poised to name an unchanged side from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tranmere, because skipper Dean Furman remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Teenager Carl Winchester was brought into midfield to replace Furman, and he impressed alongside Norwich City loanee Tom Adeyemi.

Striker Reuben Reid (thigh) and Zander Diamond (hip) both returned from injury lay-offs to be on the bench against Tranmere.

Ex-Ipswich Town striker Shefki Kuqi will lead Oldham’s front-line, after scoring his 14th goal of the season in the win over Tranmere.

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