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Thompson is desperate to take his chance
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
JOSH Thompson has set his sights on making a winning return to Colchester United’s starting line-up this weekend.
Thompson is expected to make his first start of the season when Joe Dunne’s side travel to play Coventry City at Sixfields on Sunday.
The former Celtic centre-back is in line to return to the U’s back four in place of Magnus Okuonaghae, who serves a one-match ban.
And after two successive defeats, Thompson is hoping he can help Colchester get back on track on his comeback to the side.
Thompson said: “You always have to try and take your chance when it comes along and I’ll be trying to do that if I’m selected.
“But the main thing is that we win the game and it’s important that we get back to winning ways.
“Every footballer wants to play games and I’m no different.
“I’m fully fit and I’ve been that way since I came back from the injury I picked up in pre-season.
“I’ve played a few games since then and there are other ways that you can keep your fitness ticking over.
“I’m ready to come into the side and even if I haven’t played games so much, you still train and work together in training every day.”
Thompson admits it will be a strange atmosphere, with Coventry currently playing their home games at Northampton Town FC after going into administration.
The Sky Blues are playing their home games at Sixfields, following a dispute with Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) over rent at the Ricoh Arena.
However, the 22-year-old defender does not expect the venue to make any difference to the U’s approach to the game.
Thompson added: “On paper, it’s a different scenario because we’re playing Coventry at Northampton Town, on a Sunday.
“But playing anywhere away from Colchester is an away game for us and we will prepare for the match like we do any other.”
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