Oldham boss Paul Dickov is hoping that newly-appointed captain Reuben Hazell will be passed fit for the home clash with Colchester.

He injured his knee in training last Friday and missed last weekend`s 3-1 win at Brentford.

It looked as though initially he might need an operation, but the injury has improved massively this week and he has a chance of featuring against the Us.

Jason Jarrett replaced Hazell at Brentford in the centre of defence and other than Hazell possibly returning for Jarrett, Dickov should name an unchanged team.

However, Sean Gregan is again unlikely to feature.

The veteran defender, who is available to go out on loan, gave up the captaincy this week and has only made one substitute appearance all season.

Colchester have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip.

Striker Steven Gillespie, the club's record signing, could be added to the squad after proving his fitness in the reserves this week following lengthy ankle problems.

Defender Pat Baldwin has resumed light training after a foot injury but the clash comes too soon.

Left-back Marc Tierney is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder and winger Simon Hackney will be out for another couple of weeks with a back problem.

John-Joe O'Toole and Morten Knudsen continue their recovery from long-term knee injuries.

Winger Anthony Wordsworth could be recalled after dropping to the bench as the Us lost their unbeaten record with a 3-0 defeat by Huddersfield last Saturday.

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