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Iron will assess Eisa before Colchester trip

12 March 2020

Russ Wilcox is hopeful Abo Eisa will be fit for the trip to take on Colchester United, with the winger set to be assessed before the Iron head to Essex.

The attacker has missed the last two games after coming off with a hamstring injury against Port Vale a fortnight ago, but has returned to training this week.

Wilcox told iFollow Iron: “Eisa’s not been out for that long so fingers crossed there’s a chance that he may be fit. If he is, that will be a huge positive because offensively we need to improve on last week. We will make a decision on Friday.”

Harrison McGahey has been missing through a concussion injury since the game against Cambridge United on February 11th and, though he’s now back training, the trip to the Colchester Community Stadium may come too soon.

He continued: “To be honest, I think it’ll be too early for Harrison as he needs more work into him and hasn’t done a lot for the last few weeks.”

Speaking about how the week so far has gone as United look to bounce back from last week’s game against Grimsby Town, he continued: “The weekend was really tough because we all understood the magnitude of that game. You never want to lose to your local rivals.

“We went through a few bits on Monday morning, debriefing the game and what we can do better. It was really constructive. Then we drew a line under it and moved on to Colchester.

“The lads have been bright and we’re looking forward to the game. We’ve been working on things which will hopefully cause Colchester some problems, and looked at their strengths as well. They’re a big side and we can’t afford to give a lot of free-kicks away.

“They’re in good form, pushing up at the top of the league, and have a good manager in place there in John McGreal, who’s been there nearly four years now developing and building a good squad. Another example is David Artell at Crewe, who has been there three years and done similar.

“That’s the message to the supporters, to be patient. We’re trying to do it a different way now, blooding young players from now until the end of the season.

“Jai Rowe and Tom Pugh have made their debuts and we’re hoping there will be a couple more before the end of the season, but we also have to balance that out with trying to win games as well. The experienced players will still be needed, so it’s trying to find ways to win but also bringing the young players through as well.”

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