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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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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24