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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 2,508) 18th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

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Freddie Sears: A fitness doubt

Freddie Sears: A fitness doubt

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Colchester United and Shrewsbury Town at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Freddie Sears is a fitness doubt for Colchester as they prepare for the visit of fellow strugglers Shrewsbury.

The U's striker was forced off with a hamstring problem during Saturday's defeat at Crawley and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Colchester were boosted by the return of leading goalscorer Jabo Ibehre at the weekend and he may be asked to go again if Sears is ruled out.

Joe Dunne's side have won just once in nine league games, a run which has seen them slip to within two points of the relegation zone.

Shrewsbury boss Mike Jackson must find a replacement for Miles Storey when his side meet Colchester.

The striker's one-month loan came to an end following Saturday's goalless draw at Wolves and his parent club Swindon have ruled out extending the deal.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could return to the starting line-up after missing out at the weekend with a hamstring problem but Tom Bradshaw is definitely sidelined with a knee injury.

Aaron Wildig (quad) and Luke Summerfield (thigh) may also miss out once more as the relegation-threatened Shrews aim to build on the encouraging result at Molineux.

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2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40