Colchester v Bury preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Colchester United and Bury at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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David Healy: Will be assessed ahead of the clash

David Healy: Will be assessed ahead of the clash

Colchester captain Kem Izzet is back in training but unlikely to be fit.

The midfielder has been sidelined for six weeks with a hip injury.

Boss Joe Dunne has no new injury problems but watched the U's fall to a third successive defeat in the space of a week as they went down 3-2 at Crewe last Saturday.

He must now decide whether to stick with the same XI or mix things up against the Shakers in order to rediscover that winning formula.

Dunne handed a start to loan signing John Sullivan and the goalkeeper is set to keep his place between the sticks, while fellow new boy Josh Thompson could come in for his first appearance having been an unused substitute at Gresty Road.

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell will assess the fitness of David Healy.

Veteran striker Healy rested on Thursday having returned from international duty with Northern Ireland, who drew 1-1 with Azerbaijan the previous evening.

The resurgent Shakers could move out of the relegation zone if results go their way this weekend and defender Joe Skarz is eager to gain revenge for last season's 3-0 defeat against the U's.

"Colchester was probably our worst display of the season last year," he told the Bury Times. "So we'll be looking to put things right. I know all the lads feel the same way.

Elsewhere, the Shakers have no fitness concerns barring long-term knee injury absentees Phil Picken and Lenell John-Lewis.

Forward John-Lewis is around a fortnight away from a return to training and could be ready for match action in time for the busy festive period.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  
Rotherham v Port Vale  
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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