Colchester United have received a boost ahead of their big FA Cup first-round tie at Chelmsford City this weekend after their three loanees were given permission to play against the Clarets.

Arsenal duo Sanchez Watt and Craig Eastmond, along with leading scorer Jabo Ibehre who is on loan from MK Dons, are all eligible to play for the U's in the much-anticipated tie at Melbourne Park.

The U's have sold all of their allocation of just over 1,000 tickets for the tie, against their Blue Square Bet South opponents.

For all of the latest Colchester United news, including an interview with former U's youngster and Chelmsford midfielder David Rainford, see Wednesday's Gazette.