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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Clean bill of health for U’s

PUBLISHED: 13:40 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 10 August 2018

Dillon Barnes, praised by his captain Luke Prosser. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Dillon Barnes, praised by his captain Luke Prosser. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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This time last season, Colchester United were already feeling the effects of long-term injuries, with both club skipper Luke Prosser and key left-sided specialist Brennan Dickenson stuck in the treatment room for months on end.

Fortunately, though, the U’s have avoided a repeat of that woe at the start of this campaign, and boss John McGreal therefore has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

No injuries mean that competition is fierce, even for a place on the substitutes’ bench, especially since Kane Vincent-Young signed his new contract on Monday and so is added to the squad tomorrow, for the visit of Port Vale.

“Everyone is fit and well, which is good news,” enthused McGreal.

“And Kane (Vincent-Young) will come into the 18-man squad. We have been carrying about 20 players throughout pre-season, to give us those options.”

The only player not fully-fit is striker Luke Norris, recruited from Swindon this summer, although he could be unleashed from the bench.

“Luke (Norris) is still playing catch-up, with regards his training,” revealed McGreal. “He played 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday, because we felt that he would benefit from that, before going into Tuesday’s intense training session. He needs that extra work at the moment.”

Young keeper, Dillon Barnes, 22, is set to make only his second home league appearance, after keeping a clean-sheet at Notts County last weekend.

“You know what you are going to get, with Dillon (Barnes). It was a great clean-sheet for him, but this division throws up something different every week,” said McGreal.

“He will be pleased with his performance last week, but that’s all done and dusted now. This weekend is a different challenge.”

Squads

COLCHESTER: D Barnes, Eastman, Prosser, Keith, Jackson, Lapslie, Pell, Dickenson, Szmodics, Collins, Nouble, Mandron, Comley, Vincent-Young, Norris, Senior, Wright, A Barnes & Ross.

PORT VALE: Brown, Gibbons, Rawlinson, Smith, Montano, Worrall, Joyce, Oyeleke, Hannant, Pope, Miller, Dodds, Tonge, Legge, Quigley, Kanu, Vassell & Hornby.

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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