Porter Out For EFL Cup Clash
Colchester forward Chris Porter will miss the EFL Cup Third Round game against Aston Villa tomorrow night.
Porter sustained fractured ribs following the 3-2 victory over Barnet at the weekend and this will rule him out for a minimum of 4-5 weeks, in the process meaning he will miss tomorrow nights game at Villa Park. Rekeil Pyke will also miss out after picking up a knock on his debut during the win.
The forward has enjoyed a very good start to his season having scored 7 goals in 8 appearances in all competitions and scored the goal to send the club into the second round tie against 'Boro whilst also scoring two of the three goals in that game. Compared to the rest of the squad, he has scored only two less than the entirety of the side.
This news means that the most likely candidate to play tomorrow night is Bradley Fewster, who has yet to make a first team start this season since joining on loan from Middlesbrough. In a press conference held earlier today, Fewster said, "I'm ready for the challenge ahead as it's a chance to prove myself to the manager and fans. I came here to score goals and further myself and the club and that's what I'm determined to do – Villa will be a tricky opposition of course, they're a club of real history but we know what we have to do in order to progress once again."
Villa also have injury doubts in Micah Richards (strained knee ligaments) and Leandro Bacuna (groin strain) with Jack Grealish also fighting to regain fitness before the game. Richard Brindley is set to return after a short injury for Colchester, whilst Lloyd Doyley is 50/50 for the game after returning to training following a thigh strain picked up in pre-season.