Jevani Brown and Harrison Dunk back in the fold for Cambridge United
U's squad boosted for trip to Northampton Town
Jevani Brown and Harrison Dunk are both in contention for places in the Cambridge United squad for the Sky Bet League Two trip to Northampton Town this Saturday (August 18).
Head coach Joe Dunne has had to contend with a heap of absentees for the U’s first three matches, with Brown, Dunk, Jabo Ibehre, Greg Taylor, David Forde and Paul Lewis all missing the Carabao Cup defeat to Newport County on Tuesday night.
However, there was a more positive update from Dunne at his weekly press call on Thursday.
“Jevani Brown is good and in a position now where he is available to be picked for the squad this weekend which makes us stronger,” said Dunne.
“Harrison is good and trained this morning, we just have to wait to see how he reacts to how he trained.
“Greg is doing really well. Jabo was back out there this morning.
“I think it was only Greg and Paul Lewis who missed today.
“We’re a lot better than we were three weeks ago before we went to the start of the season.
“We have to now decide the next bit, how long can they get? And where do we see them making the most impact, bearing in mind some of them have missed longer than you would have liked.”
It was a similar situation for Brad Halliday and Ibehre last weekend, with both eventually earning starts in the 3-2 win over Notts County, but it may be different for the players involved this time.
“That worked out [for Halliday and Ibehre] but Jevani has missed a little bit longer than a lot of other people, and plus when you have a virus it takes a lot out of you,” said Dunne.
“Brad had a good fitness base because he’s a fit guy anyway and Jabo had only missed probably a week. It’s just those energy systems and how long they have missed.
“Harrison should be in a better situation but with his knee we just need to decide if it’s a go or an impact.”
Forde is undergoing normal protocols after a head injury, while there has been some encouraging news on Lewis.
“Paul had a slight thigh injury and we’ve just had another result of the scan which has come back quite positive,” said Dunne.
“It’s frustrating for Paul. He came back having done all his work in the off-season, had some decent pre-season games and it’s frustrating for any player to miss out through injury.
“We want everyone to be available, even the ones we leave out.”