Colchester v Yeovil preview
Last Updated: 01/10/18 7:38pm
Colchester boss John McGreal has been left with a selection headache after the U's lost two defenders to injury last weekend.
Frankie Kent limped off in the first-half with an ankle injury as the Essex side lost 2-1 to Bury, while Tom Eastman also received a blow to the head in the first 45 minutes of the game. Both look unlikely to be risked for the visit of the Glovers, meaning sole senior central defender Luke Prosser could be partnered with rookie teenager Ollie Kensdale.
Alarmingly, top-scorer Luke Norris (ankle) is also a doubt, but Courtney Senior impressed after replacing Brennan Dickenson and could retain his starting spot. Tom Lapslie and Louis Dunne (both knee) continue their rehabilitation.
Yeovil have also been dealt a double injury blow ahead of the game; Norwich loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi was stretchered from the pitch in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons and has returned to Carrow Road as he awaits the results of a knee scan, while Omar Sowunmi gingerly left the pitch late on in the same fixture.
Nonetheless, they join Stuart Nelson, James Bailey and Francois Zoko on the sidelines, with Wes McDonald and Gary Warren's match fitness not yet up to scratch.
Colchester have won five of their last seven league games against Yeovil Town (L2), keeping clean sheets in all five of those victories.
Yeovil are unbeaten in each of their last six matches against Colchester when they have found the back of the net (W5 D1).
Colchester United (five) have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season than any other side, while only Lincoln City and Oldham can equal their tally for goals in the final 15 minutes of games (six).
After keeping five consecutive clean sheets in League Two, Yeovil have now conceded seven goals in their last three games in the competition, failing to win any of those ties (D1 L2).