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U's step up search for reinforcements
Joe Dunne will today step up his search for reinforcements to boost his injury-ravaged Colchester United squad after they were beaten by Coventry City.
A patched-up U’s side lost 2-0 to the Sky Blues at Sixfields after having to play without a number of key players, including Sanchez Watt, Freddie Sears and Gavin Massey.
Colchester were further hampered when Josh Thompson, who was due to replace the suspended Magnus Okuonghae at centre-back, suffered an ankle injury in training the day before the game.
And left-back Ryan Dickson was withdrawn after just 17 minutes because of a recurring illness, to compound the U’s woes.
Dunne confirmed he is hoping to bring in at least one new player when the loan window opens tomorrow – with a new full-back his top priority.
Dunne said: “We need to look at our options at left-back and I think we’re going to have to bring somebody in.
“If I bring anyone in, then it will probably only be for a month.
“That’s difficult in itself, because sometimes clubs like them to go for a little bit longer.
“The problem is I haven’t got any money to bring in experienced players, so it’s going to have to be a couple of young ones again.
“However, they’re good players and I know the ones I want to bring in and the positions I want to bring them into but it can only be short term.
“Hopefully they’ll come in for pocket money!”
For five pages of Colchester United coverage, including a match report, pictures and reaction from their game against Coventry City, see Monday's Daily Gazette.
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