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Eastmond on track to overcome injury woes
Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond believes he is finally overcoming the psychological scars left by his injury problems.
Eastmond broke a bone in his foot last season which cut short his loan spell at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
And the U’s playmaker’s pre-season was also disrupted after he was stretchered off in their friendly at Heybridge Swifts, in July.
Despite starting all but one of Colchester’s games this season, Eastmond admits his injury problems of the past are still in the “back of his mind”.
But following his outstanding display in the U’s win over Peterborough United last Saturday, the former Arsenal youngster is confident he is getting back to his best.
Eastmond said: “The injury is always going to be in the back of my mind.
“But mentally, I feel like I’m getting over it and I’ve been going into tackles.
“I feel like I’m bouncing back from it and I’m just trying to help Colchester push up the table.”
Eastmond played a big part in helping Colchester secure their first win in 12 league matches with victory over Posh.
The 22-year-old shone in midfield and was unlucky not to score in the first half, after being denied by the woodwork in his side’s 1-0 win.
“It was a big buzz for us to get the win,” said Eastmond, who made his 50th league appearance against Peterborough.
“It’s put everyone on a high this week and that’s the important thing when you’ve gone through a stage where you’ve drawn a lot of games.
Eastmond said he was pleased for Macauley Bonne, after the teenager headed Colchester’s winner against Peterborough on his senior home debut.
“It’s great for Macauley,” added Eastmond, who made ten first-team appearances for Arsenal during his time at the Emirates.
“He came on against Shrewsbury and he showed what he could do a bit.
“He carried that on against Peterborough and the fans were right behind him.
“When the ball was whipped in by Luke (Garbutt), he was in the right place at the right time to finish it.
“We have some good lads at Colchester.
“But one thing about being a young player is that you can’t get too complacent.
“You have to keep your feet firmly on the ground because if you think that you’re there already, it gets away from you.”
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