Cambridge United manager Colin Calderwood has received a welcome injury boost ahead of his side’s visit to Stevenage on Saturday.
Harrison Dunk, Luke Hannant and Samir Carruthers all missed the 1-0 home defeat to Swindon Town last week, but all three have since returned to training.
Calderwood confirmed the good news when he spoke to the Cambridge Independent to preview the weekend’s fixture, but he added a note of caution saying it was still in the balance whether any of the talented trio would make it for Saturday. He said this about Dunk and Hannant: ‘We will keep our fingers crossed that one or both of them can come back into the fold for selection at the weekend,’ before saying this about Carruthers: ‘I think how he feels today (Thursday) will determine whether we really think he is up for selection at the weekend.’
After being tipped by many pundits to struggle this season Calderwood’s men have started their League Two campaign well, sitting comfortably in mid-table after ten games. They will make the short journey to Stevenage full of confidence after winning three games on the road already this season, including beating Mansfield 4-0 at Field Mill in their last game away from the Abbey Stadium.
It is something not lost on Calderwood who admitted despite the impending return of his injured trio, making wholesale changes to his line up for the match might not be the answer even though the U’s once again disappointed in front of their home fans against high-flying Swindon.
He said: ‘It definitely helps and gives you selection problems, but we have to think about the version of ourselves that has done quite well away from home and maybe not jump to too many changes because we’ve had three defeats in a row at home.’
Cambridge stuck with Calderwood despite last season’s unsatisfactory ending to the campaign, and the club is now starting to reap the benefit of some continuity.
The Scot has recently signed a new deal, and if he can get his side to start winning at home, they might be able to mount a playoff challenge.
It could be argued, all three players are essential for United’s success, but Calderwood’s comments show a measured and calm approach to management.
We had our doubts when he was appointed, but on a limited budget and in a city not renowned for its football, he is currently doing an excellent job.