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Colchester United captain ruled out for rest of the season

Luke Prosser will miss the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Colchester United captain Luke Prosser has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury.

The 28-year-old defender has been a regular in the U's side since joining on a free transfer in the summer but will now have to sit out the remainder of the campaign.

The news following the surgery isn't what we all wanted to hear.

We were hoping that it was just something minor in the knee and the operation could clear it up for Luke to be back in a couple of weeks or so.

Sadly, that isn't the case and it looks likely that Luke will be out of action for the remainder of the season.

We will know more about the exact nature of the injury once I have spoken to the surgeon myself so we can't give exact timescales for his recovery at the moment.

– Tony Flynn, Colchester United physio

Luton Town legend dies at the age of 60

Paul Futcher played professionally alongside his twin brother Ron Credit: Luton Town

Former Luton Town defender Paul Futcher has died at the age of 60.

He started his career with Chester before moving to the Hatters at the age of 17 along with twin brother Ron in 1974.

The ex-England Under-21 international became the most expensive defender in English football when he moved to Manchester City in 1978 for £350,000.

Hatters Chief Executive Gary Sweet remembers watching Futcher in his second season as a Luton Town supporter.

Paul was simply a class above. He joined in my second full season as a fan and became an instant hero of mine. He was up there with the very best I’ve ever seen play for the Club and has remained there. Paul was a silky, rock-steady defender who had such amazing technical ability and, more than anything, a cool-head that left thousands in awe. He will live long in the memory of anyone who saw him play.

– Gary Sweet, Chief Executive, Luton Town


Jacob Murphy 'over the moon' with new Norwich contract

Jacob Murphy has scored six goals for Norwich City this season Credit: PA

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the club.

The 21-year-old, who came up through the club's academy alongside his twin brother Josh, will stay at Carrow Road until 2021.

He's made 16 appearances for Norwich's first team this season. The first of those came at the start of August, when he scored in their 4-1 win at Blackburn Rovers.

I’m over the moon as it’s a big achievement for myself.

I’ve been here since I was 11, which is ten years now. I couldn’t be more happy to be signing for my boyhood club.

To get this deal done is just amazing for me. The path now is for me to continue my form and to improve as a player.

– Jacob Murphy, Norwich City

Gerrard turns down MK Dons Manager role

Steven Gerrard at Liverpool FC. Credit: PA

It is understood that former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has turned down the chance to become the MK Dons manager.

Gerrard's playing contract with LA Galaxy has expired but its been reported he has yet to make a decision on whether he wants to extend his playing career for a while longer or take up coaching full-time.


Former Cobblers striker says he was abused by some Cambridge fans

Cambridge United have asked Wycombe Wanderers to provide more details of alleged racist abuse after their striker Adebayo Akinfenwa highlighted it in tweets after the game.

Adebayo Akinfenwa tweeted about the alleged abuse Credit: PA

Adebayo Akinfenwa says he's never had a problem with abuse on the pitch before.

Cambridge United have asked Wycombe to provide more details for their investigation.

Akinfenwa has previously spent two spells playing for Northampton Town. Cambridge lost 2-1 to Wycombe on Saturday.

Ipswich Town cut short loan spell of Everton winger Grant

Conor Grant endured a difficult spell at Ipswich. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have decided to end the loan spell of Everton winger Conor Grant early.

The 21-year-old joined on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window but has failed to make an impact at Portman Road.

Instead of seeing out the rest of the campaign in Suffolk, he will instead return to Goodison Park to feature for the Premier League club's under 23s side.

Grant made seven appearances for Ipswich.

I felt bad for Conor because he has come to us to play games and although he has had a few appearances, his time on the pitch has been limited.

The reality is that he was here to develop his game and that wasn’t happening because he wasn’t getting the time on the pitch he needs at his age.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
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