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Freddie Sears: Still sidelined with knee problem

Freddie Sears: Still sidelined with knee problem

The U's will be without Jabo Ibehre after the striker saw red just before half-time in Tuesday's goalless draw at Hartlepool following a challenge on defender Neil Austin.

Manager Joe Dunne stressed post-match that he would be launching an immediate appeal against the harsh decision but, on further inspection of the rulebook this week, he has decided not to do so and Ibehre will now start a three-match suspension.

His unavailability comes as a blow at a time when Freddie Sears is again ruled out with the knee injury that forced him to miss the game at Victoria Park altogether, with Colchester now without their two leading goalscorers against the Alex.

But Dunne has moved to bolster his attacking options with the loan capture of Troy Hewitt from QPR until the end of the season and the striker is set to make his debut.

Captain Kem Izzet got another 90 minutes under his belt for the club's Under-21 side in midweek following his ankle injury and will hope to make the matchday 18.

Crewe boss Steve Davis retains major doubts over the fitness of on-loan Newcastle midfielder Brad Inman.

The Railwaymen are looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats to the U's fellow strugglers Hartlepool and Portsmouth, and Inman sustained ankle damage against the former.

"Brad is still out but he is making good progress and it is nothing too serious," Davis told his club's official website.

"He should be out for a week or so, so we'll have to see with him."

With the exception of rookie defender Jon Guthrie, who will miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing hernia surgery, Davis has no other injury worries as he looks to secure the victory that will take his side to the much-desired 50-point mark.

"I've pushed them hard this season, more than I did last season and they have done superbly well so far," he added.

"But we want to push on and finish as we possibility can. The first priority is still 50 points and safety."

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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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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