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Dunne vows to get to the bottom of the U's injury crisis
7:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
JOE Dunne has vowed to get to the bottom of Colchester United’s ongoing injury crisis.
The club’s physio Tony Flynn has been working overtime over recent weeks, with almost a whole team of senior players currently receiving treatment.
And Colchester’s problems show no sign of abating, after Freddie Sears and David Wright both suffered hamstring injuries at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.
Wright had to play as a makeshift centre-back for a patched-up U’s side in the 1-1 draw at the New Meadow, after Tom Eastman, Josh Thompson and Daniel Pappoe were all ruled out.
And with attacking quartet Sears, Jabo Ibehre, Sanchez Watt and Drey Wright also sidelined, the U’s will be under-strength again when they host promotion-chasing Peterborough United, on Saturday.
U’s manager Dunne said: “We have to find out what it is.
“We’re training with the same kind of intensity as last year and I don’t believe in luck.
“But we have to find a solution, because we’re running out of players."
Some Colchester supporters have questioned whether their training methods might be the cause of the recent spate of injuries.
But U’s boss Dunne insists his players receive the right conditioning and the problems could be due to a number of possible factors.
“There are so many things we can look at,” said Dunne, who is hoping to clinch the loan signing of a young Championship centre-back ahead of the Posh game.
“We use the sport science all the way here.
“We come in early and they do their pre-work, to get their muscles right.
“They train for a good period of time and they recover and eat properly, do the gym work and their yoga.
“We record every session and we’ll be looking back at what sessions we’re doing.
“Are the sessions too long and too hard, is it their boots, is it the hard training ground surface?
“We have to find out what it is but the players deserve a lot of credit.
“They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them, in terms of their attitude.
“My job as a manager is to make sure that I don’t let things affect them.
“When we get our full squad out, we’ll beat teams like Shrewsbury – we’ll compete in this league.”
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