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George Williams is a doubt for Cambridge United's trip to Lincoln City. Picture: Simon Lankester
George Williams is a doubt for Cambridge United's trip to Lincoln City. Picture: Simon Lankester

George Williams could miss Cambridge United’s trip to Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One.

The in-form right-back sat out the Papa John’s Trophy win over Portsmouth in midweek and while it may have been presumed that he had been rested, it was a precautionary measure.

“He was just sick. It was late actually, that’s why we ended up with six [substitutes] otherwise we would have had some of the younger ones on the bench,” said United head coach Mark Bonner.

“Kai (Yearn) and Glen (McConnell), for example, played for the youth team on Tuesday lunchtime, and we got the call from George just after that, or as they were midway through the game so there was nothing we could do about that.

“He probably could have come in and been around the team but you don’t want to risk that in that period of time.

“We will see how he goes today. I haven’t caught up with Mikey (Burroughs, the head of medicine) yet at all, so as soon as we know where we are with him then we will hopefully get him back around it.

“In terms of everybody else, everyone that played in the game has come through it fine.”

Jensen Weir is likely to remain on the sidelines through injury.

“We’re hopeful that Jensen is not too long, and that can be a fairly quick turnaround,” said Bonner.

“His knee settled quite quickly actually. It wasn’t looking great last week but settled quite a bit.

“Hopefully we can get him back on the training ground as soon as possible.”

Kai McKenzie-Lyle looks set for a longer spell on the sidelines.

“He has had a scan on his knee so we’re just waiting to see how that settles down,” said Bonner. “It will probably be a few weeks so we will just see how that goes.

“But obviously we’ve got Will Mannion back so we’re OK in that position. Will is cup-tied in the FA Cup so that creates a bit of an issue there.”

There was also an update on longer-term injured trio Greg Taylor, Lloyd Jones and Shilow Tracey, and it is promising news.

“Greg is back in practice with the players in terms of ball work practices and things,” said Bonner.

“He is not in opposed sessions yet, but he is starting to build-up.

“Lloydy is running around and Shilow we hope to get out on the grass tomorrow if everything goes OK. It’s a slow process a little bit with those ones, but we’re starting to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

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