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Aston Villa loanees to have fitness checks ahead of Cambridge United's clash with Colchester United




Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is a fitness doubt for Cambridge United's home game with Colchester United. Picture: Keith Heppell
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is a fitness doubt for Cambridge United's home game with Colchester United. Picture: Keith Heppell

Jake Doyle-Hayes and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will have fitness tests before Cambridge United name their squad to face Colchester United tomorrow (Saturday).

Hepburn-Murphy suffered an ankle injury that forced him off in the 2-2 draw at Carlisle United last Saturday, while Doyle-Hayes returned home early from international duty with Republic of Ireland under-21s because of a knock.

But Reggie Lambe is back after playing for Bermuda last week.

“It’s a busy week coming up so we need all the bodies around and about us, and the variation of the substitutions we can make,” said U’s head coach Colin Calderwood.

Liam O’Neil is the only absentee, with a long-term hip problem, and Calderwood provided an update on his progress.

“He will be match fit towards the tale end of the season so we have to push him to be available, if required,” said the boss.

“His recovery and rehabilitation, if it goes in the best way, then he will be ready before the end of the season.

“But the likelihood is to get to the match level will probably be slightly difficult. We want him fit and available, so we will push him in the best way to get him towards that, if required.”



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