Watson fears for his U's future

MIDFIELD maestro Kevin Watson fears that he could have played his last for Colchester United.The popular 34-year-old has endured the worst season of his career, in terms of personal injuries and the plight of his team in general, and now it looks as though he will not play again this season.

Carl Marston

MIDFIELD maestro Kevin Watson fears that he could have played his last game for Colchester United.

The popular 34-year-old has endured the worst season of his career, in terms of personal injuries and the plight of his team in general, and now it looks as though he will not play again this season.

Watson felt his troublesome calf "pop" during a brief training session on Tuesday morning, a few hours before the game against Sheffield Wednesday. He will have a scan this morning, which could reveal a tear.


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That would rule him out for the campaign, and Watson himself admits that it's doubtful whether he would be offered a new contract for next term.

"If it was up to me, and I was the manager or in charge at the top, then I have to be honest and say that I wouldn't offer myself another contract," admitted Watson frankly last night.

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"I haven't played enough games and I'm now 34. Of course I don't want to leave the club. I've been at Colchester for longer than any other club in my career, and I've really enjoyed it, but I have to be realistic.

"I'm really frustrated. I've struggled for fitness all season. It was the first time I had missed a pre-season, in my 17 or 18 years as a professional, after which I've been playing catch-up. It's been horrible.

"This season has been wiped out from under my feet, and there's nothing that I could have done about it. I'm absolutely gutted that I haven't been able to help out the gaffer or the rest of the lads,"

added Watson.

Ex-Tottenham trainee Watson has played 154 games for the U's, since his arrival from Reading in the summer of 2004. He only missed a handful of games in his first three seasons with the club, but this campaign he has only managed seven appearances, due to both Achilles tendon and calf problems.

Watson continued: "I haven't done myself justice this season. I don't want the game against Wolves (1-0 home defeat on March 1) to be my last, but I never felt myself in that game.

"I was so far from where I wanted to be. And when I felt the calf pop on Tuesday morning, I just sat down on the floor and thought about the implications.

"The pain was immediate, like I had been shot in the leg. I'm dreading the scan because I fear a tear. That would keep me out for the season," concluded Watson.

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