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U's pledge to help Dickson
Colchester United have vowed to discover the reason behind Ryan Dickson’s mystery fitness problems.
The left-back has been allowed to return home for the first few days of this week, after being hampered by sickness in the U’s last two matches.
Dickson has been assessed by a doctor and has undergone blood tests, in a bid to discover why he has become ill and struggled to complete recent matches.
The 26-year-old, who signed for Colchester on a free transfer from Southampton earlier this summer, had to be withdrawn after just 17 minutes of the U’s 2-0 defeat against Coventry City, on Sunday.
U’s boss Joe Dunne said: “We’ve decided to give him total rest for the early part of this week.
“We hope that the rest will help to regenerate him and we’ll see how he is towards the end of the week.
“We need to give him the right amount of time to recover and we don’t want it to be anything more serious.”
Dickson cut a frustrated figure as he left the pitch after being withdrawn in the opening stages of the U’s game at Sixfields, against the Sky Blues.
“He’s frustrated because he wants it sorted,” said Dunne, who is contemplating signing a new left-back on loan as back-up for Dickson.
“We knew Ryan wasn’t right after five minutes against Coventry.
“He was frustrated when he had to come off against Coventry because he just wants to play.
“We can’t have him coming off and being sick like he did.
“It’s aggravating me a bit because we had a chance of getting one in before the window shut.
“We have to get to the bottom of it, because we can’t keep doing it.”
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