Brennan Dickenson closing in on a return to Colchester United squad

PUBLISHED: 14:47 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:42 08 February 2018

Brennan Dickenson, who is close to a return to the Colchester United first-team squad after long-term injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Brennan Dickenson, who is close to a return to the Colchester United first-team squad after long-term injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Brennan Dickenson is closing in on a long-awaited return to Colchester United’s first team squad, after nine months out with a cruciate ligament injury.

The U’s mammoth trip to Carlisle United this weekend will come just too soon for the influential Dickenson, although the 24-year-old is pencilled in to play for the Under-23s tomorrow night, against Burnley.

Despite being out of action since last April, Dickenson still ended last season as the U’s second joint top scorer, with 12 goals, and he could still play a big part in the final three months of this term, as the U’s target a League Two play-off berth.

“Brennan is running well, and he has trained with the first team today,” explained boss John McGreal.

“We hope that he gets about 70 minutes for the under-23s. He’s coming along really well. I think he has managed his injury particularly well.

“We’re looking to get him back in the first team soon, but we have to be careful.”

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