Exeter vs Colchester preview
Last Updated: 14/03/19 4:36pm
Exeter will have defender Jimmy Oates available for the Sky Bet League Two match against Colchester after his recall from Hereford.
The right-back has returned to St James Park as cover for Pierce Sweeney, who is set to miss a couple of weeks through illness.
The Grecians saw their midweek match against Macclesfield postponed, giving the players extra time to recover. Defender Troy Brown, fit following knee surgery, should be involved in the squad again, while defender Dean Moxey (hamstring) continues his rehabilitation.
Play-off chasing Colchester will be without Frank Nouble through suspension. Forward Nouble is banned after being sent off for collecting a late second yellow card in the midweek home defeat by Forest Green.
Midfielder Ben Stevenson (groin) is also doubtful, while attacker Callum Roberts has returned to parent club Newcastle after his loan spell was cut short. Midfielders Harry Pell (hamstring), Brandon Comley (knee) and Tom Lapslie (hamstring) all continue their recovery.
Exeter haven't suffered defeat in any of their last five home meetings with Colchester in the Football League (W3 D2), with their last such loss to the U's coming back in February 1998 (0-1).
Colchester have only won one of their last six league encounters with Exeter (D2 L3), winning 3-1 in December 2017.
Exeter have lost two successive home games for the first time this season, they haven't lost three in a row since September 2016 (five games).
After scoring in eight successive league games, Colchester have failed to find the net in two of their last three in League Two.
Four of Exeter's last five league goals have come from set-pieces (2x free-kick, 2x corner).