U’s sign Antonio

COLCHESTER United have signed young winger Michail Antonio on loan from Reading.

COLCHESTER United have signed young winger Michail Antonio on a one-month loan from Reading.

With U’s winger Ashley Vincent facing a possible long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, manager John Ward has been quick to recruit 21-year-old Antonio as a replacement.

London-born Antonio moved to Reading from Tooting & Mitcham United in 2008. He had a loan spell at Cheltenham Town in the spring of 2009, and then had a season-long loan at Southampton in 2009-10, scoring three goals in 28 league appearances for the Saints.

He was back at Championship side Reading last season, and was a regular in their squad, although most of his appearances were from the bench.

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Vincent was stretchered off just before half-time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Reading, and will have a scan on the left knee this evening.

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