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Trio back in contention for Cambridge United trip to Grimsby Town

Brad Halliday may return for Cambridge United at Grimsby Town.
Brad Halliday may return for Cambridge United at Grimsby Town.

Brad Halliday is in contention to return for Cambridge United’s trip to Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (March 2).

The right-back has missed the past two games with a calf problem, but he has been back in training this week.

And he could also be joined by Harrison Dunk and Hayden Coulson.

The left-sided players were forced to sit out the 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town last Saturday - Dunk was suffering with a knee injury and Coulson with a back problem.

The match will come too soon for Jake Doyle-Hayes, who has an ankle injury, while Jake Carroll remains suspended.

Liam O’Neil and David Forde are long-term absentees.

There were no new injuries from the weekend, but pre-Yeovil, the absentee list had looked promising.

“It’s a slight improvement, but when we sat here last week there were none of those problems more or less,” said U’s head coach Colin Calderwood.

“Between now and kick off you never know what will happen. It happened in a rush on Thursday and Friday when we trained.

“It was different and unfortunately we have three left-backs in the squad in our eyes, and all three were not available through suspension and injury.”

It meant that Greg Taylor filled in at left-back, with Louis John at right-back.

“We had four centre-halves on the pitch against Yeovil, and maybe it’s not the way you would ideally set-up,” said Calderwood.

“You would want someone who is a natural full-back in one of the positions. It’s always an opportunity for somebody, but we didn’t get the job done on Saturday.”

Calderwood felt that the display at Yeovil was one of their best on the road during his time in charge, and hopes they can build on it at Blundell Park.

“Having reflected on the game and watched it back there were lots of things that got better, and lots of things in an away performance that was much-improved on anything, even the Notts County victory, in terms of possession of the ball,” he said.

“I’ve got to be pleased with that. What we didn’t have was a goal, but we had a threat and missed opportunities which again was an improvement on previous away games.

“For that, I’m very hopeful that the away victory and the away goals will come because that is the foundation that gives you a chance.”

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