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Sanchez makes an ice recovery for U's
Colchester United boss Joe Dunne says the club are already benefiting after buying two ice machines that speed up players’ recovery from injury.
He admitted that without them, Sanchez Watt would never have been able to play in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
And he also said the machines have been pivotal in Craig Eastmond’s recovery, following the ankle ligament injury he suffered during a pre-season friendly at Heybridge Swifts.
“We’ve invested in a couple of machines that are really helping us,” said Dunne.
“That side of things is very important and if we didn’t have them, Sanchez wouldn’t have played at Bramall Lane.
“The chairman has looked at the progression of other aspects of the game, in terms of preparation, and helped us massively.
“We’re trying to take the club forward as much as we can.”
The machines pump ice-cold water around the injured area and keep it under pressure.
Watt suffered his ankle injury last week and missed a training session at the end of the week.
However, the machines aided his recovery and he went on to play a key role in the U’s goal, bursting forward on a counter-attack before feeding the ball to scorer Freddie Sears.
Dunne was also full of praise for Eastmond’s performance against the Blades.
“Craig was outstanding, in terms of his quality,” said the U’s boss.
“Some of the stuff he was doing was on another level.
“I’m pleased he’s in our team and although he’s still not fully fit, what he has got is natural fitness.”
Dunne has hailed his “tight-knit” squad for their excellent start to the League One season.
Saturday’s draw came on the back of two victories, meaning they are still unbeaten, with seven points out of a possible nine.
“I’m leaving good players out who are chomping to get on,” he said.
“It’s never nice, but everyone’s pulling in the same direction and that’s very important.
“We’re tight-knit and we’re going to have to be, because it’s a long season.
“We know what the pitfalls are.
“We’ve been there and I lost nine games in a row as a manager last season.
“But we’re trying to use that experience to help the players.”
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