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Selection headache for Dunne
10:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United manager Joe Dunne is facing a major selection headache ahead of his side’s game against Coventry City on Sunday.
The U’s currently have half a dozen players nursing injuries, with the majority of them attackers.
Sanchez Watt (ankle), Freddie Sears (groin) and Drey Wright (calf) will all see specialists after missing Colchester’s 4-1 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge, on Tuesday night.
And Gavin Massey and Clinton Morrison both picked up hamstring injuries, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat.
Colchester also have problems in defence, with skipper Brian Wilson nursing a calf knock and fellow full-back Ryan Dickson suffering from a bug.
In addition, centre-back Magnus Okuonghae is banned for one match, following his red card against former club Dagenham.
That leaves Colchester’s squad looking decidedly threadbare, with boss Dunne unable to make any additions to the squad before the loan window reopens next week.
Dunne said: “Our physio Tony Flynn has got a lot of work to do and we have to make sure that the players are recovered properly and see where we are on Sunday.
“We’re very thin on the ground.
“We may have to look now when the (loan) window opens next week, to get a bit of help with the squad.
“They’ve been good and it’s a better squad than we had last year.
“It’ll be a struggle to get people ready for the weekend and that puts us into our under-21 group.
“We’re going to have to regroup and see what we can get out of the Coventry game, because we have something like six or seven players injured.”
Dunne revealed that Colchester are assessing Wright’s calf problems, which forced him to miss the match against Dagenham.
He said: “Drey’s had a problem with his calves and we just have to work it out.
“He’s had a bit of a back injury and we think that might be related. If we can get that fixed by the end of the week, we can get him back.”
Dunne and his players had a frank discussion in the immediate aftermath of Colchester’s heavy defeat at Dagenham.
However, the U’s boss was nevertheless reluctant to criticise his players, who have lost only once in League One this season.
Dunne added: “We had a few words in the dressing room, because we don’t want to drop into that mentality again.
“We have to lick our wounds, but we’ve been beaten heavily before and responded to it.
“I don’t want to keep asking for a response, because I think we’re better than that this year.
“We have to regroup and stay focused on what we have done so far this season, because it’s not panic stations.
“It’s a heavy defeat in the JPT but I’m not going to criticise the players, because they’ve been excellent for me.”
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