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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,258) 12th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Stroud

Colchester Colchester United vs Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe

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Last Updated: 11/01/13 2:45pm

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Wordsworth: Expected to miss out

Wordsworth: Expected to miss out

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Colchester and Scunthorpe at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester are without Anthony Wordsworth.

The U's have lost their last eight games and are just one point above their opponents, who are in the relegation zone.

Boss Joe Dunne goes into the game without Wordsworth after the midfielder picked up a 10th booking of the campaign during the 1-0 defeat to Doncaster at the weekend and starts a two-match ban.

Fellow midfielder Kem Izzet is a doubt after suffering an ankle problem at Doncaster last time out.

But defender Tom Eastman is hoping to make a return to the side after taking part in training this week. The 21-year-old has missed the last two games after suffering a dead leg in training on New Year's Eve.

Scunthorpe's new signing Akpo Sodje is hoping to make his debut for his latest club.

Sodje, at his 15th club, has teamed back up with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws following his recent release from Preston and will be included in the squad.

But Laws will be without midfielder Damien Mozika, who tore a hamstring in last week's goalless home draw with Shrewsbury and is expected to be sidelined for a month.

Andy Barcham replaced Mozika last weekend and is likely to return to the starting line-up in the Frenchman's absence.

Karl Hawley partnered Nathan Ellington up front against Shrewsbury, while fellow striker Mike Grella appeared as a second half substitute and all three will be vying with Sodje for a place in the starting line-up.

Central defender David Mirfin, sidelined since the beginning of November with knee ligament damage, and midfielder Josh Walker (ankle), who has missed the last five games, are both hoping to return to the squad.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30