Colchester United midfielder Doug Loft has been ruled out of the next three months with an achilles injury.
The 29-year-old, who joined the club from Gillingham in the summer, hasn't featured since the defeat to Portsmouth last month and is now facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
A partial tear was discovered and it has necessitated an injection and a protective boot.
He will be in the boot for the next few weeks, although he will still be able to do plenty of work in that time, including some cross training and bike to keep up his cardio levels.
It is a bit early to predict exactly how long he will be out but two to three months is the estimate at this stage.
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Colchester United have completed the loan signing of Reading winger Tarique Fosu.
The 20-year-old will stay in Essex until January 7.
Fosu has also had loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town in the past.
Colchester United have unveiled their new home and away kits ahead of the 2016/17 League Two season.
The strips was modelled by Alex Wynter and Drey Wright.
The blue and white stripes remain on the home shirt, while the away kit has changed from orange to black and charcoal.
Colchester United have signed Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Slater for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old rejected a new contract in Scotland in favour of moving to Essex - despite reported interest from Aberdeen.
Slater has signed a two-year deal and follows Forest Green Rovers striker Kurtis Guthrie in joining the U's this week.
Meanwhile, young striker Femi Akinwande has signed a new one-year contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Colchester United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Doug Loft from Gillingham.
Doug joins the U's with experience of playing in League One and League Two. His former clubs include Brighton and Hove, Port Vale and his most recent club Gillingham, where he made 72 appearances in two seasons.
MK Dons defender Lee Hodson has completed his move to Scottish giants Rangers.
The right-back has moved to Glasgow for an undisclosed fee after impressing during a successful loan spell at Kilmarnock last season.
24-year-old Hodson helped the Dons gain promotion to The Championship back in 2015.
He has signed a three-year deal at Ibrox.
It’s amazing, an opportunity to come to such a massive club is a dream come true.
From the day I heard that there was an opportunity to come here my mind was made up and I couldn’t be more excited at the moment.
I cant wait to get started and meet all the lads.
Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed former Gillingham winger Brennan Dickenson on a free transfer.
Colchester United have signed Birmingham City striker Denny Johnstone and Brentford winger Courtney Senior.
21-year-old Johnstone joins for an undisclosed fee and impressed while on loan at Scottish Championship side Morton last season.
Senior has agreed a free transfer and was out on loan at Wycombe during the last campaign.
Both players have signed two-year contracts at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Meanwhile, MK Dons have completed the signing of George Williams who has been released by Barnsley.
Colchester United defender Joe Edwards has left the club to sign for League One side Walsall.
The 25-year-old made more than 40 appearances for the U's last season, but will now join the Saddlers once his contract expires at the end of the month.
I’m delighted to be here.
It’s a fantastic club and they had a really good season last year.
I’ve played against Walsall a few times before and they have always been a very good footballing side. They like to pass it about and they play with a good intensity.
I had a meeting with the manager a few weeks ago and I came away thinking this was the club for me.
Edwards follows Alex Gilbey and George Moncur in leaving Essex this week.
Meanwhile, Peterborough United have signed Crawley Town attacking midfielder Gwion Edwards for an undisclosed fee.
Promising Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey has joined League One champions Wigan Athletic after rejecting a new contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The 21-year-old is the second high profile departure of the day following confirmation of George Moncur's move to Barnsley.
Gilbey was one the shining lights for the U's last season despite their relegation to League Two.
Colchester will be entitled to a compensation fee for Gilbey who has agreed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.
Alex was one of the outstanding young talents in League One last season, and we believe the next stage of his career can be fulfilled here.
He’s exactly the sort of player and person who suits this club and we’re delighted to add him to the group for pre-season.
He scored an excellent goal against us at Colchester last season and he was a standout player on the day, making him an excellent addition.