U's play down Watt injury fears

Precaution - Colchester United forward Sanchez Watt was taken off against Maldon and Tiptree after picking up a knock.

Precaution - Colchester United forward Sanchez Watt was taken off against Maldon and Tiptree after picking up a knock.

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Mark Kinsella has played down fears over Sanchez Watt’s fitness after the forward limped out of Colchester United’s 2-1 friendly win at Maldon and Tiptree.

Watt was left needing treatment for what appeared to be a shin injury following a strong challenge just inside the Maldon half and was eventually replaced by youngster Ryan Melaugh.

It was a worrying moment for the U’s, with their season-opener at Gillingham now less than a week away.

However, assistant manager Kinsella, who was in charge of the U’s side at Park Drive, said they did not want to take any risks, with the 2013-14 League One campaign just around the corner.

Kinsella said: “We took Sanchez off as a precaution.

“It wasn’t a nasty tackle; it was a fair challenge but perhaps not in pre-season.

“It was a little bit over the top in terms of enthusiasm but it would be a fair one this weekend, when the league starts.

“A tackle like that at Gillingham on Saturday would be a great tackle but in pre-season, we want to keep our players on their feet.

“When you have players like Sanchez, the only way to stop them is by tackling them like that.

“Players like Sanchez are very clever, technical players and they can invite a tackle.”

See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news.

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10:26am Mon 29 Jul 13

Surb says...

In two friendlies against lower devisions we have had two injuries which could have cost us. The question really is why do we play them? They obviously dont know what "Friendly" means.
In two friendlies against lower devisions we have had two injuries which could have cost us. The question really is why do we play them? They obviously dont know what "Friendly" means. Surb
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11:09am Mon 29 Jul 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The problem is that the skill set of a lot of these non-league players is that in order to try to be competitive they are over zealous in the tackles. Wouldn't play less than Conference level teams personally.
The problem is that the skill set of a lot of these non-league players is that in order to try to be competitive they are over zealous in the tackles. Wouldn't play less than Conference level teams personally. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 6

10:51pm Mon 29 Jul 13

The Only Way is Col Utd says...

These lower league sides just seem like they want to injure the good players in higher league teams. Probably jealous. Hopefully it's nothing serious, and it was good to see Easmond back in action against Ipswich.
These lower league sides just seem like they want to injure the good players in higher league teams. Probably jealous. Hopefully it's nothing serious, and it was good to see Easmond back in action against Ipswich. The Only Way is Col Utd
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2:09pm Thu 1 Aug 13

United we stand says...

I'm hoping we'll have learned our lesson through this pre-season. Do we really need to indulge in so many of these matches against local teams next time around? - it's certainly proved to be a dangerous occupation.
I'm sure non of the tackles are intentionally malicious but the pace and skill set of players in these teams is bound to leave us open to mistimed, hefty challenges and resultant injury scares.
Any update on the number of fans travelling to Gillingham on Saturday? Earlier in the week it had the makings of a really good turn-out. I'll be there!
I'm hoping we'll have learned our lesson through this pre-season. Do we really need to indulge in so many of these matches against local teams next time around? - it's certainly proved to be a dangerous occupation. I'm sure non of the tackles are intentionally malicious but the pace and skill set of players in these teams is bound to leave us open to mistimed, hefty challenges and resultant injury scares. Any update on the number of fans travelling to Gillingham on Saturday? Earlier in the week it had the makings of a really good turn-out. I'll be there! United we stand
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