Brad Halliday close to return for Cambridge United
Right-back in the frame for trip to Carlisle United
Brad Halliday will be back in contention for a place in the Cambridge United squad for their trip to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday (March 11).
The right-back has been one of the standout players for the U’s this season, but has been missing with a knee injury since the defeat to Luton on January 28.
But Halliday could be close to a recall after returning to training this week.
“It’s been a good week for Brad,” said United manager Shaun Derry. “He’s managed to be on the grass all the time and get his work in throughout the week and he will be available for the weekend, which is great for us and great for him.
“The last time that Brad came into the team was Luton away and it came on the back of only one day’s training, so we didn’t want that to happen again.
“We wanted it to be three or four days more and to get some proper work into him, and he’s been able to do that.
“If we can have Brad back, we’ve got Greg Taylor and Jake Carroll obviously, and Leon Davies is now firmly part of the group as well. It’s good to have options at full-back.
“We have to be careful with Greg because he’s had a couple of injuries this year and they’ve been long-lasting injuries, so I was delighted that he put himself on the line the last couple of games.
“He played more minutes on the pitch than he has done in training so I think that just highlights what kind of guy he is; he’s a commendable character.”
There is not such good news for Barry Corr, who continues to be sidelined with a slight groin injury that he felt at half time in the match at Barnet.
“We thought he would be ready for the weekend but he’s not and we have to run without him,” said Derry.
“I think also when you throw into the equation the monstrous drive up to Carlisle as well, I’m not too sure that’s going to do him any favours.”
And Derry explained that Medy Elito’s progress will be carefully managed after the midfielder’s return from a long-term injury.
“I think between now and the end of the season we just have to be careful with his load in training as well,” said Derry.
“He played a lot more minutes against Barnet than he did last weekend, but for Medy it’s a case of being cautious with him.
“We know that we’ve got a good player there but we know that there’s a problem in terms of his injury record for us.
“I want that to go. I want these things to change and we’re working closely throughout the medical and performance department to address this.”
Meanwhile, Uche Ikpeazu is not expected to return from his injury until the middle to end of April.