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Gigg Lane (ATT 2,018) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Madley

Bury Bury vs Colchester United Colchester

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C Fagan (26)

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G Porter (S/O 4)
M Smith (30)
C Morrison (31)

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Last Updated: 15/03/13 12:26pm

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Tom Eastman: Missing for the U's

Tom Eastman: Missing for the U's

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Bury and Colchester United at Gigg Lane.

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell has no new injury worries.

The Shakers' midweek meeting with Scunthorpe was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Gigg Lane and Blackwell is set to select from the same squad.

He has options available to refresh an attack that has drawn blanks in their last two outings - Andy Bishop, Nicky Ajose and David Healy could all come in contention to start, while on-loan Peterborough youngster Jonson Clarke-Harris is gunning for a place in the matchday squad once again.

Midfielder Tom Soares (hamstring) will struggle to feature before the end of the season, while defenders Phil Picken (knee) and Adam Lockwood (groin) and midfielder Shane Byrne (blood infection) must wait until next term.

Colchester are again likely to be without Tom Eastman and Freddie Sears.

Defender Eastman missed Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Coventry with the knock sustained early on in last weekend's defeat to Crewe, while striker Sears sat out of his third match in succession with a troubling knee problem.

Both are set to be absent once more at Gigg Lane while striker Jabo Ibehre also serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

Left-back Bradley Garmston shrugged off a knee complaint to start at the Ricoh Arena and should again be involved.

Manager Joe Dunne admits he may have to look at rotating one or two for what he expects will be a "toe-to-toe street fight" against Bury, with some of his side running on empty as they bid to secure League One survival.

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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