COLCHESTER United will once again be without skipper Harry Pell and winger Callum Harriott for their final game of the League Two season, this weekend.

The key duo both missed the U's vital 1-0 win over Salford City last weekend, due to personal reasons.

And the pair, who are both due to see their contracts at the JobServe Community Stadium expire his summer, will be missing again for the trip to take on play-off chasing Tranmere Rovers, on Saturday.

Speaking at the club's Florence Park training ground today, U's interim head coach Hayden Mullins said: “They are still missing due to their personal circumstances.

“They won’t be with us, this weekend but Josh Bohui came on and took his goal excellently against Salford so credit to him and a few of the other lads in and around it will be waiting to take their chance, if they’re called upon which we’ll be looking towards.

“The XI who had been playing in recent weeks before Saturday were very consistent and they were at the level where it was hard to make any changes.

“The two who came in last Saturday – Kwame (Poku) and Ben (Stevenson) I thought were excellent, so I think it shows that the squad are ready and that anyone who is called upon is ready to jump in and do their bit.

“The team is not picked yet.

“We trained really well today and there are a number of players who are looking to get involved, so we’ll keep it close to our chests at the moment."

Meanwhile, Mullins admits his nomination for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award for April came as a surprise.

The U's interim boss has been shortlisted for the accolade after doing an excellent job since taking the helm, at the end of March.

Mullins, who has been assisted by Paul Tisdale, has helped Colchester secure 11 points from a possible 21 in the seven games he has been in charge.

He is up against Salford City boss Gary Bowyer, the Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke and Michael Duff, who has just guided Cheltenham to promotion to League One, with the winner to be announced tomorrow.

“It was a surprise," said the former West Ham United midfielder.

“I came in on Tuesday morning and I didn’t know anything about it but a few of the staff already knew – and the players knew as well!

“They had something planned but it’s nice to get recognised after what we came through.

“It’s just disappointing that the Salford game didn’t sneak in there which would have been nice!

“But it was good to be recognised and it was excellent to be in the company of some of the other nominees after what they’ve done, this season."