Same again is best option for John Ward

IT could well be ‘same again’ for Colchester United boss John Ward, in terms of team selection, for Saturday’s visit of promotion favourites Sheffield United.

Club captain Kem Izzet, who missed Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against Portsmouth with a back injury, is again expected to sit out this weekend.

But otherwise Ward has a full-strength squad to choose from, bolstered by the arrival of new signing Gavin Massey from Watford.

Winger Massey is not 100% match-fit, due to a lack of pre-season games, so the 19-year-old looks set for a place on the bench.

Meanwhile, the U’s under-21s lost their first competitive match of the season, beaten 3-2 at Bristol City last night.

Merrrick James-Lewis and Freddie Ladapo were on target for the U’s.