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Bean - U's injury crisis is the worst I've seen
Marcus Bean admits Colchester United’s current injury crisis is the worst that he has experienced in his professional career.
The 28-year-old midfielder returned to the U’s starting line-up for the first time since the opening day of the League One season on Sunday but was unable to prevent them from sliding to a 2-0 defeat against Coventry City.
More than half a dozen players were struggling due to injury for the trip to Sixfields, while defender Magnus Okuonghae was suspended.
In addition, left-back Ryan Dickson had to be withdrawn early in the game due to illness.
Bean said: “This injury situation is the worst I’ve seen in my career - it’s been crazy.
“I hope we can get at least two or three of them fit but it’s difficult, especially when a lot of attacking players are injured.
“It means you can’t really take the game to the opposition and I think that was our downfall against Coventry.
“It’s been a difficult time with all of this and the timing of the injuries coming at the end of the week, which didn’t give us much time to prepare.
“I thought that the boys put a great shift in, considering the disrupted week we had with injuries and illness and I think they can be proud of themselves.
“Coventry were the better team; you can’t dispute that and they moved the ball really well in all areas of the park.
“We knew that we might get chances and they can be fragile – that was part of our team talk.
“But they’re good going forward and it wasn’t to be for us.”
Bean has himself been on the treatment table over recent weeks, having been hampered by a troublesome hip problem.
But the former Brentford midfielder was pleased to be back in the U’s starting line-up and is hoping to keep his place for the trip to play Bradford City, this weekend.
Bean added: “I’m just glad to be back fit and it was good to be back out there.
“I hope I can put a thought into the manager’s head for the Bradford game and then crack on from there.
“It’s been a bit frustrating over the last couple of weeks and it was good to be out there.
“It felt better than I thought and I was pleased to get through as much of the game as I did.
“The season has been a bit stop-start for me and the key now for me is to stay fit.”
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