COLCHESTER United will assess the fitness of Charlie Daniels at Florence Park tomorrow after he missed their defeat at Tranmere Rovers due to injury.

The experienced left-back did not travel to Prenton Park with the rest of the U's squad because of a hip flexor injury.

Daniels, 35, who joined the U's in August, has started six league games for Colchester so far this season.

Colchester head coach Hayden Mullins said: “Charlie picked up a bit of a knock on Monday.

“He felt something in his hip flexor, so he doesn’t feel too great.

“He came in (on Thursday) for a bit of treatment and to be assessed and he wasn’t able to make it.

“We don’t want to make anything worse, so we decided to leave him out and see how he is on Monday."


Ryan Clampin (pictured above) returned to Colchester's starting line-up for the Tranmere game, following Daniels' injury absence.

It was the 22-year-old's first competitive appearance since he injured his ankle in their 1-1 home draw with Mansfield Town, on August 17.

Mullins said: “I thought Ryan did really well.

“He got an early yellow card and he was up against probably one of the division’s best players in Calum McManaman, who is a real livewire for Tranmere.

“I think Ryan at times dealt with him really, really well.

“It was a tough game for him to come into but it was exactly what we needed, someone to come up against McManaman and try and stop him.

“I thought he kept him quiet for large periods of the first half but in the second period with them obviously going towards the Kop, he brightened up a little bit.

“But Clamps did really well; he’s progressing really well and we’re all happy with him."