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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,430) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Colchester Colchester United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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C Aneke (73)
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Last Updated: 27/12/13 2:45pm

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Freddie Sears: Hoping to return

Freddie Sears: Hoping to return

Team news for Sunday's League One clash between Colchester United and Crewe Alexandra at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Joe Dunne will hope to be able to stick with a winning line-up as Colchester prepare to welcome Crewe on Sunday.

Dunne watched the U's record the biggest victory of his 15-month reign as they brushed aside Stevenage 4-0 on Boxing Day, registering back-to-back wins following their triumph at Oldham.

The Irishman kept faith with the same starting XI for both matches and will now assess the bumps and bruises within his squad, with captain Brian Wilson substituted late on against Boro.

Fit-again striker Freddie Sears will hope to make the bench as he looks to get minutes under his belt, although the game comes too soon for forwards Gavin Massey and Drey Wright as they look to make their long-awaited comebacks.

Crewe boss Steve Davis could be without a number of first-team players for the trip to Colchester as he prepares his side to end a run of three winless games.

Defender Adam Dugdale required a brain scan after suffering concussion in last Saturday's draw with Shrewsbury and will definitely miss out but Mathias Pogba (knee) and Ryan Colclough (stomach) are nearing full fitness.

Davis will also have to make do without long-term absentees Neil Etheridge (thigh) and Steve Phillips (shoulder) while striker Max Clayton (ankle) and defender Ollie Turton (knee) are not expected to feature.

The Railwaymen will arrive in Essex looking for their first win on the road since mid-October but will be encouraged by last season's trip to Colchester when strikes from Luke Murphy and Pogba secured a 2-1 win.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15