Knee op for Iwelumo
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Colchester United striker Chris Iwelumo will undergo a close-season knee operation.
Colchester United striker Chris Iwelumo is to undergo a close-season operation to clear up some knee damage.
The club's top goalscorer will go under the knife after delaying surgery in order to help The U's secure automatic promotion behind Essex rivals Southend United last weekend.
The former Stoke City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Alemannia Aachen hit-man will hope the operation cures the knee problem that bothered him for much of the season.
"He has had a previous operation on that knee, so this op is to just go in and clean it up around the knee to allow him to get going on his close-season programme," Colchester physio Stuart Ayles told the club's official website.
Meanwhile, Layer Road boss Phil Parkinson has started his preparations for the move up to The Championship by opting not to offer new deals to four of his squad members.
Stephen Hunt, Sam Stockley, Tony Thorpe and Gareth Williams will all move on from the club this summer are being told by Parkinson that they are surplus to requirements.
"All four players have made important contributions to a very successful Colchester United team and I would wish them all the best wherever their careers may take them in the future," Parkinson said.