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Sickness bug hits Colchester squad ahead of Bury trip

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes a sickness bug doesn't unsettle their hopes of getting a vital win in their fight against League One relegation.

The U's visit bottom placed Bury on Saturday (March 16) but some players have been struggling with illness in the build-up.

"We've had a lot of travelling. Being on the road, hotels, long journeys on the coach, so we've got a bit of a fitness bug in the camp", Dunne explained ahead of the trip to Gigg Lane.

"We'll assess the squad. Couple that with a few injuries and a suspension. But we have players ready to come in. So whatever happens we'll be okay".

Dunne hopes his team's improved away form will be a key to their survival bid, especially after an encouraging midweek draw at Coventry, although they did let slip a 2 goal lead.

"That's against a team going for the top six, although they could've been two or three up before we scored" Dunne added.

"When you're 2-0 up, you try and see the game out. It puts us in a position where we should win but it also puts us in a position where it's hard to get beat. But I see a lot of positives from the other evening.

"As a team we've been clicking a bit late in the season. But we've eight games to go, and we're picking up points which is encouraging.

"I've got players playing well, with one or two lapses where we've conceded.

'We've been on the front foot away from home and we have to continue to do that'.

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