Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes his players can show their mental strength to secure League One status and avoid relegation.
Colchester United and Leyton Orient players are backing a local anti-knife campaign today.
But manager says players' are ready for League One survival battle
Colchester United loanee Elliot Lee has returned to parent club West Ham after the completion of his loan deal.
The youngster joined the U's last month and went on to make four appearances for the League One club during his time in Essex.
His only goal for Joe Dunne's side couldn't have come in more dramatic fashion as he hit an injury time equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham United three weeks ago.
Everton youngster Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell with Colchester United for a second time, and will now stay in Essex until 4 January.
Garbutt and been a regular member of Joe Dunne's side since initially joining in September, and the 20-year-old scored his first goal for the U's in last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United.
He'll miss Saturday's clash with Swindon Town but will be available for all of Colchester's festive fixtures as they look to push themselves up the League One table.
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admits that he is concerned about the club's falling attendances but says that he can understand why some supporters can't afford to watch.
A crowd of just over 2,500 were present to watch last week's FA Cup exit to Sheffield United, but the U's will be hoping for greater backing this weekend when they host play-off chasing Swindon Town.
Colchester United loanee Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End.
The 20-year-old winger made an impressive contribution during his time in Essex, scoring on his debut against Bradford City in September and going on to to make nine appearances for the U's in total.
Monakana will now hope to force his way into the starting line-up at Deepdale, with promotion-chasing Preston currently sitting in fourth place in League One.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town youngster Elliott Hewitt has signed for Gillingham on a 28-day loan deal.
The Wales under-21 international has made four appearances for Town this season, and will be aiming to get minutes under his belt at the Priestfield Stadium.
Colchester United have signed former West Ham United youngster Dominic Vose on a free transfer.
The 19-year-old has impressed whilst on trial with the U's and has put pen to paper on an initial monthly contract.
Vose left Premier League outfit West Ham in December last year before joining Barnet.
Speaking to the club's official website, U's manager Joe Dunne said that Vose could benefit from a fresh start:
"We are pleased to have him on board.
"He's had a successful trial and fits the bill of someone who has lost his way in the game a bit, but has the drive and hunger to get back into it again.
"That desire and hungry is really important to me. He will go straight into Saturday's squad for the trip to Rotherham."
Colchester United have announced the loan signing of young Bolton Wanderers defender Cian Bolger.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has agreed a 28-day deal to stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium until mid-November.
21-year-old Bolger joined Bolton from Championship rivals Leicester City in January, but has yet to make a first team appearance for Dougie Freedman's side.
The U's will be Bolger's second loan club, with the Irishman having spent three temporary spells at Bristol Rovers since 2011.
Bolger is the second arrival at Colchester United this week, following the capture of West Ham United striker Elliot Lee on Tuesday.
Colchester United have signed promising West Ham United striker Elliot Lee on a month's loan.
The 18-year-old has been in prolific form for the Hammers' development side so far this season, hitting five goals in six Barclays U21 Premier League appearances.
Lee also made his debut for West Ham's senior team in August, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City.
The teenager could be in line for his first appearance for the U's in tonight's League One clash against Shrewsbury Town.
Colchester United have extended the loan spell of Jeffrey Monakana until early December.
The Preston North End winger has made a good impression since arriving at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, playing five times and scoring on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Bradford City last month.
19-year-old Monakana will continue to provide valuable cover on the flanks for the U's, with the likes of Sanchez Watt and Drey Wright ruled out with injury for the foreseeable future.
Monakana is the second loanee to extend his stay with Colchester in the last week, with Everton's Luke Garbutt signing a similar loan extension on Friday.
On loan Everton left-back Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell at Colchester United by a further month.
The 20-year-old has been an integral part of Joe Dunne's side since joining in September, playing in all four League One fixtures since his arrival.
Garbutt's new agreement will run up to, and including, the weekend of Saturday 9 November.
Colchester United have completed their second temporary signing of the day with experienced centre-half Matt Taylor joining on a month's loan from Bradford City.
The 31-year-old follows Jamie Sendles-White through the doors at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Taylor has plenty of Football League experience having previously played for the likes of Exeter City and Charlton Athletic.