Colchester youngster Ben Coker has joined Blue Square South club Chelmsford City on a one-month loan deal.
The summer signing from non-league Bury Town has only recently recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in pre-season and needs to build up his match fitness.
U's manager John Ward said: "We've allowed Ben to go out on loan and I'm happy for him to do that.
"It will help them, it will help Ben and it will help us. He's a developing player and I think he can do well."
Coker could make his Chelmsford debut against Maidenhead United on Saturday.