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Thompson ready to fight for his place
Josh Thompson says he is ready to step up his challenge for a place in Colchester United’s starting line-up after battling back from an untimely injury.
Thompson suffered a knee injury in the early part of the U’s pre-season programme, which sidelined him for a number of weeks.
It forced the 22-year-old to miss several friendlies and left him behind his team-mates, in the fitness stakes.
However, Thompson is now fully recovered from the injury and completed 90 minutes for Colchester under-21s, in their 5-1 friendly win over an Arsenal XI on Tuesday night.
Thompson said: “It’s always good to get 90 minutes under your belt.
“It’s the only way that you can get match fit and it was a good standard of opposition.
“It’s been a frustrating time but since I’ve been back in training, I’ve had no problems.
“I missed two weeks’ training and a few friendly games which automatically puts you behind everyone else.
“You’re playing catch-up and to say it’s frustrating is an understatement.
“I think the way it happened is one of the most frustrating things about it.
“It was in training - I went to change direction and jarred my knee but I still don’t really know how it happened.
“Even though it was sore I didn’t think that it was too bad at the time but overnight it really swelled up.
“I had to have 100 mililetres of blood drained from my knee.
“It’s been difficult but I have to look at what I can do, rather than what I can’t.
“And it’s a positive that the team are playing well and have started well.”
Thompson is likely to be on the bench for Colchester’s game at Sheffield United, this weekend.
The former Celtic and Portsmouth centre-back believes the U’s can get a positive result at Bramall Lane, after securing two wins out of two in League One.
“We certainly won’t go to Sheffield United with any fear,” added former U’s skipper Thompson, who made 22 appearances for Colchester last season.
“We have a healthy respect for teams but we also know what we’re capable of.
“It’ll be a good game and the lads are feeling confident.”
For all of the latest Colchester United news including a full preview of their game at Sheffield United tomorrow, see Friday's Gazette.
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