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Cambridge United left-back Harrison Dunk still working towards full fitness after featuring in two friendly matches

Head coach Neil Harris has insisted that he will not rush Harrison Dunk back into action for Cambridge United.

The left-back, who has made more than 450 appearances for the club, has been limited to just six outings in all competitions this term – the last of which came in mid-September – due to a knee injury.

Dunk has recently stepped up his recovery by featuring in a couple of behind-closed-doors friendlies, but with his training schedule still being closely monitored, he is not yet ready to return to the first-team squad.

“Harrison has now played 45 minutes and 60 minutes, but he’s only trained for a few weeks and he’s on very limited training schedules right now,” said Harris.

“We’re just managing his load so it’s (Shrewsbury game on Saturday) still too soon for Harrison.

“I don’t want to put a date on him because he’s been out for so long and it’s been a real tough period. I don’t want any expectation put on his shoulders.

“He’s a brilliant pro, a great lad, brilliant to have around the place and I love him at home games being in the changing room around the lads. I’d like more of that.

“But at the moment let’s go one step at a time. No timescales on him, but it’s certainly not for this weekend.”

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