Colchester have been boosted by the news that their trio of loanees will be allowed to play in the FA Cup against Chelmsford.
Arsenal have given permission for Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt to take part in the competition, joining Jabo Ibehre who was given the go-ahead by parent club MK Dons.
U's boss Joe Dunne revealed his satisfaction at having them available for the Essex derby.
"It is great news that Sanchez and Craig, as well as Jabo, are available to us on Saturday, I'm delighted," Dunne said.
"I'd like to thank Arsenal for giving us permission to play the pair of them, We're very appreciative of having players of their quality in our squad."