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Dunne - attitude is key for returning U's players
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has urged his returning injured players to show the right attitude this week in their battle to return to fitness.
The U’s are hoping to welcome back a number of key personnel at their Florence Park training ground, following their recent injury crisis.
Colchester were without an entire team of players for their home game against Wolves last weekend, due to injury, illness and suspension.
But they are hopeful at least half a dozen of those sidelined will train this week, with the likes of Sanchez Watt, Gavin Massey and Ryan Dickson all set to return.
And U’s boss Dunne wants them to show plenty of determination and drive, in their attempts to rejoin the U’s squad.
Dunne said: “We have some players coming back this week which will enable us to create more competition for places.
“The players who have been out have to take some responsibility now to get themselves back fit.
“The drive and the attitude of the injured players to get themselves back fit is key.
“My physio (Tony Flynn) is working very hard but we miss key players and we deserve a lot of credit for what we’ve done, over the last few weeks.”
Watt has missed Colchester’s last five league matches after suffering a thigh injury in training.
But the former Arsenal youngster returned to light training last week and is slowly edging closer to a comeback.
U’s physio Tony Flynn said: “Sanchez has been troubled by a thigh injury similar to the one he sustained in pre-season but this one is on his other leg.
“It’s improving all the time and it’ll be a matter of looking at his progress in training to assess when he’s ready for matches.”
Massey (hamstring) and Dickson (illness) are also expected to train along with Tosin Olufemi, who has been nursing a thigh problem.
They will take part in ball work in the early part of the week, with the hope of being involved in full training ahead of this weekend’s clash with Walsall.
Clinton Morrison (mouth) and Daniel Pappoe, who has now served his three-match suspension, are also set to be available for the visit of the Saddlers.
But U’s winger Drey Wright is set for a “few weeks” on the sidelines with a knee injury, which he has seen a specialist about.
And centre-back Tom Eastman is likely to be out for longer with an ankle injury.
Flynn added: “It’s still a bit swollen and painful but that’s to be expected with the sort of injury he sustained.
“He won’t be doing much on it until it has eased a bit and I expect him to be in with me in the treatment room for a good couple of weeks at least.”
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