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Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 2:11

Bladed defender Tony McMahon is hoping to make his first appearance of the season this weekend.

McMahon has recovered from a sprained ankle, the latest in a succession of injuries, and is expected to be included among the substitutes.

Manager David Weir must decide on who to fill the void left by departed midfielder Kevin McDonald, who joined Wolves this week for an undisclosed fee. Jamie Murphy was recalled at Brentford, but Callum McFadzean is also pushing for a start.

Weir, who has no new selection problems, could be tempted to recall striker Chris Porter, while wide midfielder Ryan Flynn is hoping to make his first league appearance of the season.

Colchester boast a fully-fit squad for their trip to Yorkshire.

The U’s travel to Bramall Lane defending a 100 per cent record in League One following 1-0 victories over both Gillingham and Port Vale.

Forward Sanchez Watt recovered from a leg injury to make his first start of the season against Vale last weekend, with Marcus Bean dropping to the bench.

Bean has fully recovered from the virus which affected him in training last week and will compete with Watt for a starting berth against the Blades.

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Sheff Utd v Colchester preview

Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 2:11

Bladed defender Tony McMahon is hoping to make his first appearance of the season this weekend.

McMahon has recovered from a sprained ankle, the latest in a succession of injuries, and is expected to be included among the substitutes.

Manager David Weir must decide on who to fill the void left by departed midfielder Kevin McDonald, who joined Wolves this week for an undisclosed fee. Jamie Murphy was recalled at Brentford, but Callum McFadzean is also pushing for a start.

Weir, who has no new selection problems, could be tempted to recall striker Chris Porter, while wide midfielder Ryan Flynn is hoping to make his first league appearance of the season.

Colchester boast a fully-fit squad for their trip to Yorkshire.

The U’s travel to Bramall Lane defending a 100 per cent record in League One following 1-0 victories over both Gillingham and Port Vale.

Forward Sanchez Watt recovered from a leg injury to make his first start of the season against Vale last weekend, with Marcus Bean dropping to the bench.

Bean has fully recovered from the virus which affected him in training last week and will compete with Watt for a starting berth against the Blades.

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Date published: Friday 15th February 2013 11:51

Sheffield United are expected to include new loan signing Dominic Poleon in their squad.

The 19-year-old Leeds striker, who will stay at Bramall Lane until the end of the season, is likely to be named among the substitutes.

Fellow forward Jonathan Forte, on loan from Southampton, scored his first goal since returning to the club in the midweek win at Bury and although he was withdrawn as a precaution after taking a knock, he is expected to be fit to resume up front alongside Dave Kitson.

Manager Danny Wilson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, could name an unchanged starting line-up after his side secured a second successive away win on Tuesday night.

Defender Matt Hill is fit again after recovering from a broken jaw and is pushing for a recall, while deadline-day signing Barry Robson is hoping to make his first start following three substitute appearances.

The win at Bury lifted the Blades to within three points of second-placed Doncaster.

Resurgent Colchester expect Brian Wilson to be fit.

The right-back was forced off just before the hour mark in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Preston nursing a calf complaint but has received treatment this week and is expected to line up at Bramall Lane.

Back-up goalkeeper Mark Cousins missed the game due to a wrist problem and he is likely to be out for a couple of weeks, with Shaun Phillips again set to be on the bench behind first-choice Sam Walker.

Captain Kem Izzet, meanwhile, is around a week away from making his return from an ankle injury.

U’s boss Joe Dunne has kept faith with an unchanged side for the last three games and is expected to do so again should Wilson prove his fitness. However, left-back Bradley Garmston could tempt him into a change having arrived on an initial month-long loan deal from West Brom on Thursday.

The Essex club have won three of their last four following a nine-game losing streak.

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Date published: Friday 15th February 2013 11:51

Sheffield United are expected to include new loan signing Dominic Poleon in their squad.

The 19-year-old Leeds striker, who will stay at Bramall Lane until the end of the season, is likely to be named among the substitutes.

Fellow forward Jonathan Forte, on loan from Southampton, scored his first goal since returning to the club in the midweek win at Bury and although he was withdrawn as a precaution after taking a knock, he is expected to be fit to resume up front alongside Dave Kitson.

Manager Danny Wilson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, could name an unchanged starting line-up after his side secured a second successive away win on Tuesday night.

Defender Matt Hill is fit again after recovering from a broken jaw and is pushing for a recall, while deadline-day signing Barry Robson is hoping to make his first start following three substitute appearances.

The win at Bury lifted the Blades to within three points of second-placed Doncaster.

Resurgent Colchester expect Brian Wilson to be fit.

The right-back was forced off just before the hour mark in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Preston nursing a calf complaint but has received treatment this week and is expected to line up at Bramall Lane.

Back-up goalkeeper Mark Cousins missed the game due to a wrist problem and he is likely to be out for a couple of weeks, with Shaun Phillips again set to be on the bench behind first-choice Sam Walker.

Captain Kem Izzet, meanwhile, is around a week away from making his return from an ankle injury.

U’s boss Joe Dunne has kept faith with an unchanged side for the last three games and is expected to do so again should Wilson prove his fitness. However, left-back Bradley Garmston could tempt him into a change having arrived on an initial month-long loan deal from West Brom on Thursday.

The Essex club have won three of their last four following a nine-game losing streak.

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Date published: Friday 16th September 2011 2:34

Sheffield United defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois returns to contention for the home game with Colchester following suspension.

The French left-back sat out the home defeat to Huddersfield in midweek after reaching five yellow cards and manager Danny Wilson must now decide whether to recall him to the starting line-up or retain Marcus Williams.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald was a half-time substitute against Huddersfield following an ankle injury and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, as is striker Ched Evans, who also stepped off the bench in midweek.

But fellow midfielder Nick Montgomery is still struggling with a similar problem and is not ready to return, while defenders Chris Morgan and Johnny Ertl (both knee) remain sidelined.

Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries as his side look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, Jon-Joe O’Toole will miss Colchester’s trip to high-flying Sheffield United through suspension.

The midfielder shrugged off injury to be named on the bench for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford but, having been introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute, was shown a straight red card late on for a lunging tackle on Myles Weston.

O’Toole now starts a three-match ban and will miss the games against the Blades, Walsall and Chesterfield.

Magnus Okuonghae returned in midweek having missed last Saturday’s draw against Leyton Orient with an ankle problem and is set to keep his place at the heart of defence in what could well be an unchanged side.

Colchester have now drawn each of their last three matches 1-1 and travel to Bramall Lane to face a United side second in League One only by virtue of a slender goal difference.

Ashley Vincent (knee) and Bradley Hamilton (fractured cheekbone) remain in the treatment room.

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Date published: Friday 16th September 2011 2:34

Sheffield United defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois returns to contention for the home game with Colchester following suspension.

The French left-back sat out the home defeat to Huddersfield in midweek after reaching five yellow cards and manager Danny Wilson must now decide whether to recall him to the starting line-up or retain Marcus Williams.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald was a half-time substitute against Huddersfield following an ankle injury and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, as is striker Ched Evans, who also stepped off the bench in midweek.

But fellow midfielder Nick Montgomery is still struggling with a similar problem and is not ready to return, while defenders Chris Morgan and Johnny Ertl (both knee) remain sidelined.

Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries as his side look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, Jon-Joe O’Toole will miss Colchester’s trip to high-flying Sheffield United through suspension.

The midfielder shrugged off injury to be named on the bench for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford but, having been introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute, was shown a straight red card late on for a lunging tackle on Myles Weston.

O’Toole now starts a three-match ban and will miss the games against the Blades, Walsall and Chesterfield.

Magnus Okuonghae returned in midweek having missed last Saturday’s draw against Leyton Orient with an ankle problem and is set to keep his place at the heart of defence in what could well be an unchanged side.

Colchester have now drawn each of their last three matches 1-1 and travel to Bramall Lane to face a United side second in League One only by virtue of a slender goal difference.

Ashley Vincent (knee) and Bradley Hamilton (fractured cheekbone) remain in the treatment room.

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