Let the new season begin!

COLCHESTER United kick off their 2012-13 season at Yeovil this evening, in a Capital One Cup first round tie.

The U’s could not have been handed a much tougher first four fixtures of the campaign, with Saturday’s League One opener at Preston to follow, as a prelude to back-to-back home games against Portsmouth and promotion favourites Sheffield United.

Ben Coker is the only U’s player set to miss out due to injury.

Former Bury Town stalwart Coker sustained a dead leg during Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bishop’s Stortford, in the U’s last pre-season friendly, and is unlikely to make the trip to Somerset.

Otherwise, manager John Ward will have a full-strength squad to choose from, numbering 20 players.

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If tonight’s game ends in a draw, after 90 minutes, then there will be extra-time and the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.

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