David Amoo and Paul Lewis back in the picture for Cambridge United

PUBLISHED: 15:07 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 11 January 2018

Paul Lewis in action for Cambridge United.

Paul Lewis in action for Cambridge United.

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And loanee Adam Phillips may be in the U’s squad

David Amoo could be in contention for a place in the Cambridge United squad for the home game with Mansfield Town on Saturday (January 13).

The right winger was forced off just before half time in the 0-0 draw at Colchester with a slight hamstring strain, but has been back in training this week.

And the same is true of midfielder Paul Lewis, who has been absent with a knee problem.

“We’re hopeful Dave will be available for the weekend, in the group and in the squad again,” said U’s head coach Shaun Derry.

“One or two of the little knocks we’ve had are still lingering. Paul Lewis had a little problem and has missed a bit of time this season, and been in and out of the group at certain stages.

“To get Paul back on the training field like we did on Tuesday is a big bonus for him as well.”

Piero Mingoia is still struggling with a groin injury and Jabo Ibehre will be serving the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Crewe.

But on-loan midfielder Adam Phillips, who has arrived from Norwich City having come through the ranks at Liverpool, will be in contention for a place in the squad.

“He has been on our watchlist for a few months now,” said Derry. “I was very aware of him when he was at Liverpool, and to see him go to Norwich was a bit of a shock really.

“And then obviously to see him do as well as he did in the under-23s, we thought it would have been a brilliant opportunity [to get him to the U’s] – and we’ve managed to pull it off.

“We’re thankful to Norwich for making it happen.”

Derry compared the character of Phillips to that of Ryan Ledson, who had a spell on loan at the U’s in 2016.

And of his playing attributes, the head coach added: “He is a technical player and very efficient with the ball at his feet. He can make things happen, he’s got an eye for a pass and he’s got a shot.

“He can tackle and run around the pitch and as a modern-day midfielder, he will benefit the group.”

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