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Checks to be made on Cambridge United trio ahead of Oldham Athletic visit




Cambridge United keeper David Forde
Cambridge United keeper David Forde

Cambridge United will be waiting on a number of fitness tests before selecting their side to face Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (March 9).

Brad Halliday, Jabo Ibehre and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy have all been struggling with knocks picked up in the 2-0 win over Grimsby Town.

On a brighter note for the U’s, Jake Carroll returns from suspension and Jake Doyle-Hayes and David Forde are back in contention.

“It (the treatment room) has been full again this week actually,” said U’s head coach Colin Calderwood.

“We’re hopeful everyone will be available, whether they will be I couldn’t honestly say at the minute.

“We’ve had a slow start to the week, but there will certainly be a few bodies added to the session.

“David Forde is back in training and we will see how he trains and feels and gets towards being back in the squad at the weekend.

“That would be an advantage with that experience and voice, but Dimi [Mitov] has done well and had a clean sheet so it lessens the rush.

“It also gives Fordey the chance to be absolutely 100 per cent before he is back in the action.”

There is no sign of a return for Liam O’Neil, who is still struggling with a hip injury.

“Liam has had an epidural this week as we haven’t had the progress we would have wanted so we’ve had to take another step back,” said Calderwood.

“In the best way possible, we have to wait for his body to be ready to cope with training. As frustrating as it is, it’s the only way to do it properly.”



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