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No arguments from U's skipper Izzet
Kem Izzet admits he can have no arguments about being left out of Colchester United’s starting line-up.
But the U’s long-serving skipper says he is still disappointed not to have tasted any game action so far this season.
Izzet is yet to feature in any of Colchester’s opening five league and cup matches.
And the 32-year-old - who is the U’s fifth-highest all-time league appearance maker - has failed to make the substitutes bench for their first four League One fixtures.
Izzet said: “It’s frustrating, because I want to play.
“I think there’d be a problem if I wasn’t disappointed not to be playing.
“But anything can happen in football and you just have to ride it out.
“All I can do is wait and train well and when I get my opportunity, I have to take it.
“All you can do is take your chance when it comes along.
“As club captain, I try to be positive for everyone else.
“But first and foremost, I want to play and it’s a selfish industry that we’re in.
“I’ve spoken to the manager about it but I have no arguments because the team are playing well.
“I was disappointed that I didn’t start the season in the team, as I felt I had a good pre-season.
“But now that has gone there’s no argument to be had, because our results have been very good.”
Colchester lie fifth in League One, having won two and drawn two of their opening four league matches.
Joe Dunne’s side will put their unbeaten record on the line this weekend when they host Leyton Orient, who have won all four of their league games.
Izzet believes the fact that the U’s battled relegation for much of last season has helped to make them stronger.
“It’s going well,” said experienced midfielder Izzet, who has clocked up 473 league and cup appearances for Colchester since joining them in 2001.
“Apart from the little blip that we had in the cup against Peterborough, the performances and results have been good.
“I think what happened to us last season has brought everyone closer together, that’s for sure.
“It’s certainly something that we don’t want to ever experience again and it required a lot of resilience.
“The Leyton Orient game will be a big challenge for us.
“They’re in a rich vein of form but we’ve done well too and we’ll be looking to get a good result.”
See Friday's Daily Gazette for all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full preview of their game against Leyton Orient tomorrow.
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