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Team News: Colchester United v Pools

23 February 2017

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Colchester United at The Weston Homes Community Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Dave Jones will not be able to call on Andrew Nelson after the youngster returned to parent club Sunderland for treatment on a knee injury sustained in the draw with Plymouth Argyle.

Liam Donnelly looks set to be given the green light to return after missing the last two games with an ankle problem, while Sean Kavanagh (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the trip to Essex.

Louis Rooney will come back in to contention for the weekend after being forced to sit out Saturday's game against parent club Plymouth Argyle as part of his loan agreement.

Skipper Billy Paynter has had an injection in a bid to cure his Achilles injury but won’t feature against The U’s, while Matthew Bates is still nursing a hamstring problem. 

Trevor Carson remains sidelined after shoulder surgery, Carl Magnay is still stepping up his recovery from his cruciate ligament operation and Rob Jones continues treatment for a knee injury.

Colchester will be without Frankie Kent and Denny Johnstone after it was confirmed that the duo would be missing for the rest of the season through injury.

Kent landed badly on his ankle during The U’s 2-1 win over Barnet earlier this month and has now been told he requires surgery to repair ruptured ligaments.

Johnstone is sidelined after being forced off with a knee problem during last Saturday’s game against Accrington Stanley and the damage to his cartilage means he won’t play again this term.

Defender Tom Eastman is still recovering from an ankle injury so won’t play against Pools but 19-year-old Cameron James will hope to keep his place at the back after making his full senior debut in the midweek win over Accrington Stanley.

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