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U's borrow Everton youngster

Colchester United have signed highly-rated youngster Luke Garbutt on a month's loan Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed promising Everton defender Luke Garbutt in a one-month loan deal.

The England under-20s international arrives in Essex as cover for left-back Ryan Dickson who has been sidelined with a virus in recent weeks.

He goes straight into the U's squad for Saturday's clash with Bradford City.

20-year-old Garbutt enjoyed a successful temporary spell with Cheltenham Town two seasons ago and signed a new contract with Everton this summer.

Toffees under-21's manager Alan Stubbs told the club's official website that the loan spell should prove to be beneficial for all parties:

“It’s a chance for Luke to go out and play some competitive games which will help his experience.

“His loan is for 28 days which means he has the opportunity to play five matches. Colchester play Bradford, Crawley, Bristol City, Wolves and Walsall in that time, four of which are in the top half of the table so it will be good for his development.”

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