Key duo to miss U's clash with Cherries

Out - Magnus Okuonghae will sit out Colchester's game at Bournemouth through suspension.

Out - Magnus Okuonghae will sit out Colchester's game at Bournemouth through suspension.

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Magnus Okuonghae will miss only his second Colchester United league game of the season tomorrow.

The powerful defender is suspended for the U's trip to play Bournemouth, as is midfielder Marcus Bean.

Both players have picked up five bookings and will serve a one-match suspension, while Gavin Massey is still banned.

Colchester will check on the fitness of at least two of their players who have been suffering from illness this week.

U’s boss Joe Dunne declined to name the duo but admitted they are key players in his side.

Young midfielder Alex Gilbey, who made his league debut for Colchester against Oldham Athletic last weekend, is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Defender Matt Heath (calf) is still not ready to return but skipper Kem Izzet has been added to the U’s squad for the trip to the south coast.

U’s boss Joe Dunne said: “We’ve lost two key players to the team (Sanchez Watt and Craig Eastmond) and we’ve got three players suspended.

“That’s disappointing and we’ve also got one or two other players who are feeling a little under the weather.

“It never rains bit it pours but you have to stay positive.

“I’m a great believer in everything having a silver lining.

“I think someone said suffering breeds character - I was told that in the week!”

For a full preview of Colchester’s game at Bournemouth this weekend, see Friday’s Daily Gazette.

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8:40pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Steve86 says...

That's not a huge lose, as all we need to do is play Thompson (or other defender on loan) and they'll still be better then Magnus. Also play O'Toole in place of Beano. Simples.. Please please drop Wordsworth, and give captaincy to Eastman. If Wordsworth wants to leave, let him, he's been poor lately anyway. And a new captain, might actually talk to the players and motivate them, unlike the muted Wordsworth.
That's not a huge lose, as all we need to do is play Thompson (or other defender on loan) and they'll still be better then Magnus. Also play O'Toole in place of Beano. Simples.. Please please drop Wordsworth, and give captaincy to Eastman. If Wordsworth wants to leave, let him, he's been poor lately anyway. And a new captain, might actually talk to the players and motivate them, unlike the muted Wordsworth. Steve86
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