8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013
GAVIN Massey insists he is ready to return to answer Joe Dunne’s call and return to Colchester United’s starting line-up against Walsall today.
The U’s forward has been sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury, which has forced him to sit out three matches.
However, Massey is back in training again this week, following his enforced spell on the sidelines.
And the 21-year-old believes he is fit enough to start for Colchester against the Saddlers, if given the nod by boss Dunne.
Massey said: “I feel good within myself and I’ll be raring to go.
“I need to get match fit but I’ll get that through playing games and I’ll build up that sharpness.
“Being out has been frustrating, because I thought that I’d started the season well.
“I’m desperate to get back and start playing the football I played last season.
“It’s only my second full season as a professional and I’ll be training hard to get back into the team.”
Massey is one of a number of players who have been laid low by the U’s recent injury crisis.
More than a dozen players have been in the treatment room over recent weeks, with physio Tony Flynn working overtime in his attempts to get the club’s players back out onto the pitch.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Massey, who suffered the hamstring injury in the U’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge, last month.
“No-one understands why it’s happened – I think we’ve been hit with bad luck.
“Nothing has changed from last season and we weren’t hit with an injury crisis then.
“We have people coming back to full fitness and then our squad will be at full-strength again.
“We’ve got our individual programmes and we’re all going to do a bit extra now, so that we can have a successful season.”
Colchester head into their home clash with Walsall eager to end a run of eight games without a win in League One.
However, five of those games have been draws and Massey is confident they can start winning again – providing they are more clinical.
The former Watford youngster added: “We’re picking up points but now we have to turn these draws into wins.
“Last season, it was about turning the losses into draws and then eventually into wins.
“We’re performing well and a couple of wins would lift the place again.
“It’s been a while since our last win but last season, we weren’t even getting draws.
“At least we’re picking up points and the performances have been good – we just need to be more clinical and we know that.”
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