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Team news for Cambridge United's trip to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two

Cambridge United midfielder Jack Roles. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge United midfielder Jack Roles. Picture: Keith Heppell

Jack Roles and Reggie Lambe will be back in contention for a place in the Cambridge United squad for their trip to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (September 14).

The duo missed the 1-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers last week as they were on international duty.

Roles did not feature for Cyprus, but Lambe played in both of Bermuda’s matches against Panama CONCACAF Nations League.

“We will see how they are, but because of the schedule we’ve got, there is no immediate rush to catapult them into the game on Saturday,” said U’s head coach Colin Calderwood.

“I think it would be a good game for both of them but, also, we’ve had a group working from the defeat last week against Forest Green towards this Saturday and somehow that continuity and work we’ve put in at this minute puts them slightly ahead of those returning.

“But they are both good players and they both have the ability to create and score. It’s an obvious thing that we haven’t done in the last couple of games.”

Kyle Knoyle looks set to be involved at some point within the next week after as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

The matches come thick and fast as the trip to Crewe on Saturday is followed by a visit to Mansfield Town on Tuesday (September 17) and a home game against Swindon Town on September 21.

“Through that period, he will definitely play,” said Calderwood, “we will have to make a judgment on probably Tuesday night.

“We will look towards that a little bit. He’s got to be in contention and he is certainly in my mind. We just have to view the week rather than the first game as where we place him back in.”

Dan Jones remains on the sidelines.

Crewe are third in the table, with five wins and two defeats from their seven games.

“You can see from the difference between us and them that their ability to win is something that we’re striving for,” said Calderwood.

“It becomes a difficult game, and everyone looks at them as the third-place team so we have to be very respectful of that - and then wash our hands of any admiration we’ve got for them and try to beat them.”

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