Barry Corr and Piero Mingoia move closer to Cambridge United comebacks

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 March 2018

Piero Mingoia is returning towards full fitness. Picture: Cambridge United

Piero Mingoia is returning towards full fitness. Picture: Cambridge United

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Duo set for U’s run-outs

Barry Corr and Piero Mingoia could get a chance to get some match fitness in a behind-closed-doors friendly for Cambridge United next week.

The duo have been sidelined for long periods, but have been making steady progress on the comeback trail, however, they have suffered setbacks given the recent inclement weather.

“It’s been really good to get them into the situation where we can cope tactically,” said U’s interim head coach Joe Dunne.

“They have obviously not really been around it and getting out there on the pitches, based on weather.

“It’s been good to get them out. We started it all on Monday morning talking about Saturday, reviewing going out and working on things because you can’t get everything right.

“We need to see how they react from being out for periods of time, and we will get that next week.”

With an almost fully-fit squad, it means that there is increased competition for places and players in need of game time.

So Dunne is hoping to get some of them a run-out next week.

“It’s good to have more players [available], we had a lot of players training this week and it gave us more options to be able to do different things,” said Dunne.

“We have a game scheduled for next week as they need a game. You’ve got to put your body through the pressure of playing a game, and the intensity of a game.

“We’re 90 per cent sure we can get a game next week and we will be in a stronger position then for the final few games.

And the squad depth is a boost for Dunne.

“It creates competition and the environment means we can also do more things with bigger numbers, and put different restrictions on certain things and see if it works,” he said.

“We’re always still progressing and nothing is ever complete; as soon as you think like that, it comes up and hits you hard.

“We must keep evolving, we’re working on systems and we keep working on it to try to improve it.”

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