‘Sammie has got to rest up’ – John McGreal on Sammie Szmodics

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, shows his frustartion during last Saturday's disappointing 1-0

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, shows his frustartion during last Saturday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Crewe. Picture; RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Colchester United

Two of Colchester United’s big-name players, Sammie Szmodics and Kurtis Guthrie, both missed out on Saturday’s dismal 1-0 defeat at lowly Crewe.

The U’s delivered a very flat performance at Gresty Road, and so could certainly have done with the presence of leading scorer Szmodics and front-runner Guthrie in their ranks.

“Sammie has got a back injury,” revealed U’s boss John McGreal. “He has been suffering from a sore back for a number of weeks.

“He comes on and does a cameo, and then it tends to lock up.

“Sammie’s been to the chiropractor and he has got to rest up. I don’t know how long that will be for.”

- Carl Marston’s Talking Points from the defeat at Crewe


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Guthrie sustained an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw at Carlisle the previous week.

“Kurtis couldn’t make it today,” confirmed McGreal.

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“He has had extra treatment over the weekend, and we will see what next week brings, but I’m not too hopeful.”

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