Colchester could welcome Paul Reid back into their squad for the visit of Brighton.
The defender has been out for a month with a calf injury but is close to returning.
Fellow centre-half and skipper Magnus Okuonghae is pushing for a start after being left on the bench for last weekend's defeat by Bristol Rovers.
Okuonghae, who missed the Us' previous game against Oldham with a shoulder injury, is fully fit and could come back in for Danny Batth.
Full-back Lee Beevers, who has been sidelined since the opening weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, now has a knee problem which will keep him out again.
Strikers Kevin Lisbie and Kayode Odejayi came on as subs last week and could be in the starting line-up.
Diego Arismendi will be added to the Brighton squad.
The Uruguay international has linked up with Seagulls boss and countryman Gus Poyet on loan from Stoke.
Defender Adam Virgo misses out on a return to his former club as he serves the third game of a four-match ban.
Keeper Michel Kuipers is also ruled out after breaking a finger in training so Peter Brezovan returns in goal and rookie Mitch Walker comes in on the bench.
Veteran striker Nicky Forster is pushing for a recall in attack after his hat-trick for the reserves in midweek.
Skipper Andrew Crofts is back from international duty with Wales in one piece so defender Colin Hawkins (Achilles) is the only other injury absentee.
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