Colchester United midfielder Harry Pell looks set to be out for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in his side’s recent 3-0 victory over his former club Cheltenham Town.
The twenty-seven-year-old recently underwent an ultrasound scan which revealed a grade one strain.
As a result, Pell will miss forthcoming matches against Macclesfield Town, Swindon Town and Carlisle United.
The news will be a blow to Colchester boss John McGreal, with Pell having been in good form since his move from the Robbins in the summer. He has been a virtual ever-present this season, making thirty -one league appearances and scoring six goals in the U’s determined bid for promotion.
Colchester have won their last two games by an aggregate score of 7-0 and will be hoping for another three points at second-bottom Macclesfield at the weekend, but Pell expected a tough match at Moss Rose with the Cheshire club fighting for survival. Speaking in his weekly column with the Daily Gazette he said: “We played Macclesfield Town last December at home and although we beat them 1-0, they’ve certainly improved under Sol Campbell.”
“I can see them getting out of trouble along with Notts County, and it’ll be a tough game for us.”
“I’m sure that they’ll have done their homework on us, but they’ll know all about our great form, and we need to concentrate on us.”
“It’s not really about what they do – it’s about us, and we’re taking it one game at a time.”
Colchester are fifth in the table five points off an automatic promotion spot.
Pell is a crucial player for the U’s, and he will be missed in the upcoming fixtures. It is a tough run of games with Macclesfield fighting for their lives, Swindon improving all the time and Carlisle a promotion rival but Colchester should have enough to earn the points needed to keep their promotion challenge on track.
However, McGreal and Colchester supporters will be hoping there are no complications with the rehab and the popular Pell is back in the starting line up sooner rather than later. The battle for a playoff spot is hotting up, and while Colchester have the quality to make it, it will be more comfortable with a player like Pell in the side.