U's assess Sears hamstring injury

Gazette: U's assess Sears hamstring injury U's assess Sears hamstring injury

Colchester United will assess the fitness of forward Freddie Sears ahead of tomorrow night's vital clash with fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town.

The U's striker was withdrawn at half-time of the U's 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town last Saturday with a hamstring problem.

U's boss Joe Dunne said: “Freddie came back out for the second half and had a tight hamstring.

“It’s happened before and we took him off and tweaked the tactics.

“It worked but it was pretty much the same players who were out there in the first half.

“He’s had hamstring injuries before so we’ll have to wait and see."

There was better news for Colchester on the injury front at Crawley, after leading goalscorer Jabo Ibehre completed 70 minutes after missing their previous three matches with pelvic and hip problems.

He was eventually replaced by Clinton Morrison and the two are now vying for a place in Colchester's starting line-up, tomorrow night.

Dunne added: “Jabo didn’t have a particularly great first half because he’s just come into the team having been out.

“It gave us a chance to rotate the two strikers with Clinton on the bench and in the second half, I thought that it was better.

“We’d planned to take him off and he’s got some game-time, so that will help us."

For all of the latest Colchester United news, see the Daily Gazette.

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1:50pm Mon 17 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

If he's not fit play Bonne up front with Jabo, you might be surprised what a good partnership that could become.

4-4-2 would be a welcome surprise....Oh! I forgot the youngsters won't stay if you play that way.....perhaps trying it may prove you and them wrong Joe, as if we drop down a League half of the squad won't stick around anyway.

Certainly can't be worse than your current tactics that have placed us in 17th place in League One and 2 points off the drop.
If he's not fit play Bonne up front with Jabo, you might be surprised what a good partnership that could become. 4-4-2 would be a welcome surprise....Oh! I forgot the youngsters won't stay if you play that way.....perhaps trying it may prove you and them wrong Joe, as if we drop down a League half of the squad won't stick around anyway. Certainly can't be worse than your current tactics that have placed us in 17th place in League One and 2 points off the drop. West Stand United
  • Score: 16

8:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

Freddie Sears is fast becoming the modern day equivalent of Steve Gillespie
Freddie Sears is fast becoming the modern day equivalent of Steve Gillespie seikothrill
  • Score: 13

9:02pm Mon 17 Mar 14

southstand says...

Oh no, no freddie equals morrison starts, at 80 minutes bonne comes on as we are still losing, too late! Bonne to start.
Oh no, no freddie equals morrison starts, at 80 minutes bonne comes on as we are still losing, too late! Bonne to start. southstand
  • Score: 14

12:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I would play either Watt or Vose in the Sears role. I think they could both be useful playing off Jabo.
I would play either Watt or Vose in the Sears role. I think they could both be useful playing off Jabo. BlueandWhiteBaz
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