COLCHESTER United will look to boost their promotion hopes today when they travel to play Swindon Town.

U's central midfield duo Harry Pell and Tom Lapslie have both returned to training.

But the game at the County Ground today could come too soon for the pair, following their hamstring injuries.

Lapslie is more advanced than Pell in his recovery process but may not be risked for the trip to the County Ground, to face the Robins.

Colchester head coach John McGreal said: “Pelle and Laps have been out on the training pitch this week and doing little bits with sports science.

“That was pleasing to see them out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Colchester are light of central midfielders at present, with Pell and Lapslie both sidelined along with Brandon Comley, who has a knee injury.

The former QPR youngster has not been involved for the U’s since being an unused substitute at Northampton Town on February 2, after picking up the injury in training last month.

“Brandon’s had a scan and there’s nothing showing on it but he’s still not comfortable with it on the grass,” said McGreal.

“It’s just going to take a little bit more time with Brandon and he just needs to build up the knee, a little bit more.

“He’s doing all of the hard work in the gym and I think we’ll see him back out on the grass, sooner rather than later.”

Colchester take on a Swindon side who lie 12th in the table but have taken seven points from nine, in their last three games.

McGreal added: “Swindon are a dangerous team and that’s proved, over the last five or six results.

“We know it’s going to be a really tough game.

“It’ll be two passing football teams with good pace so it’s two teams who want to do things in the right way.

“Swindon have had some brilliant results of late, beating the likes of Forest Green and MK Dons and drawing against Lincoln, just to mention a few.

“Richie (Wellens) has got them going in the right way and they’re a game behind a lot of teams and playing some good stuff as well.

“They have some really good threats in all areas of the pitch with good pace.

“But we have to try and implement our own chain of thought throughout the week on Saturday.”