Never-ending list of injuries for luckless U’s this season

Luke Prosser, left, who has undergone another knee operation. Team-mate Lewis Kinsella, right, by co

Luke Prosser, left, who has undergone another knee operation. Team-mate Lewis Kinsella, right, by contrast enjoyed another run-out in the U's 3-0 win at Braintree. Picture: PAGEPIX

Sammie Szmodics’ latest injury heartbreak, at a soggy Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, summed up Colchester United’s dreadful run of injury setbacks this season.

Sammie Szmodics is distraught after suffering a broken leg at Crewe in March. Picture: RICHARD BLAX

Sammie Szmodics is distraught after suffering a broken leg at Crewe in March. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Pagepix

Szmodics broke his leg following an innocuous-looking challenge on Crewe striker Chris Dagnall, who went on to score both goals in a 2-0 home win.

The U’s 21-year-old midfielder was stretched off to the dressing room, and then on to hospital, where X-rays revealed that he had broken his leg.

It was cruel luck on Szmodics, who had undergone two ankle operations in the last 12 months, and had only just returned from his latest ankle surgery.

Furthermore, it was yet more dreadful misfortune to strike the play-off chasing U’s, who have endured an unprecedented number of long-term injuries.

Denny Johnstone clutches his knee in agony during the 2-1 defeat at Accrington in mid-February. The

Denny Johnstone clutches his knee in agony during the 2-1 defeat at Accrington in mid-February. The U's striker is out for the season. Picture: PAGEPIX

Here is a break-down on the chief casualties of 2016-17:

MATT BRIGGS

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Injury: hip/back

Months out: 6

League games missed: 27

Return: first game was 1-1 draw at Blackpool on Feb 4, 2017

League games played this season (to date): 11

LUKE PROSSER

Injury: knee

Months out: 6

League games missed: 32

Last game: 2-1 defeat to Chesterfield on Nov 5, 2016

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 14

FRANKIE KENT

Injury: ruptured ankle ligaments (early season knee)

Months out: 3 & 3, so 6 in total

League games missed: 14 & 17

Last game: 2-1 win over Barnet on Feb 11, 2017

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 13

TOM EASTMAN

Injury: ankle ligaments

Months out: 2 (nearly)

League games missed: 10

Last game: 1-1 draw at Blackpool on Feb 4, 2017

Return: before end of the season

League games played this season: 27

DOUG LOFT

Injury: Achilles tendon

Months out: 8

League games missed: 43 (likely)

Last game: 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth on Aug 20, 2016

Return: not expected this season

League games played this season: 3

SAMMIE SZMODICS

Injury: broken leg, earlier ankle surgery

Months out: 4 (in total)

League games missed: 27

Last game: 2-0 defeat at Crewe on Mar 18, 2017

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 19

DENNY JOHNSTONE

Injury: knee

Months out: 3

League games missed: 15

Last game: 2-1 defeat at Accrington on Feb 18, 2017

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 28

CRAIG SLATER

Injury: double hernia

Months out: nearly 3

League games missed: 15

Last game: 2-1 defeat at Accrington on Feb 18, 2017

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 28

KURTIS GUTHRIE

Injury: ankle

Months out: 2

League games missed: 13

Last game: 2-1 win over Hartlepool. Feb 25

Return: out for the season

League games played this season: 33

OWEN GARVAN

Injury: knee

Months out: 3

League games missed: 17 (at start of season, & the last 2)

Last game: 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth on Mar 11, 2017

Return: hopefully soon

League games played this season: 18

LEWIS KINSELLA

Injury: ankle

Months out: 6

League games missed: 21 (until return to squad)

Last game: 0-0 draw against Newport, Oct 8, 2017

Return: to the bench at Grimsby on Feb 28, 2017 (not played yet)

League games played this season: 12

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Chris Porter: missed nearly 2 months & 6 league games (before Christmas) with hamstring injury.

Brennan Dickenson: missed 6 weeks & 6 league games in autumn with hamstring injury

Tom Lapslie: missed 7 weeks & 8 league games with ankle injury, from early September

Lloyd Doyley: played just 3 league games

Dean Brill, Tommy O’Sullivan & Jermaine Grandison all yet to make debuts due to injuries

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