Magnus Okuonghae and Michail Antonio have shrugged off knocks and are expected to line up for Colchester against Oldham.

Defender Okuonghae was forced off in the 77th minute of last Saturday`s 3-2 defeat at Huddersfield nursing a kick to an ankle, a withdrawal which followed that of forward Antonio who was replaced at half-time with a similar complaint.

However, both have recovered and will be looking to help the Us get back on track after a four-match winless streak in all competitions stretching back the club`s promising 4-2 opening-day victory at Preston.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams played 90 minutes for Colchester`s reserves in midweek having completed his recovery from a serious viral infection and is pushing to be included in John Ward`s matchday 16 for the first time this season.

Midfielder Andy Bond returned from his head injury as a second-half substitute at the Galpharm Stadium last weekend and is aiming to start against the Latics, with Ward surely considering changes in order to reverse his side`s fortunes.

Forward Ashley Vincent (knee) remains around five weeks away from his return.

Oldham boss Paul Dickov is boosted by the return of centre-back Jean-Yves M'voto for the trip.

The defender served a one-match ban during last weekend's 2-0 home win over derby rivals Rochdale.

Dickov now has three central defenders - M'voto, Nathan Clarke and Zander Diamond - battling it out for two positions.

Clarke and Diamond seem certain to retain their places after keeping a clean sheet last Saturday, leaving M'voto on the bench.

Dickov has no other major injury or suspension concerns as the Latics seek to build on their derby victory.

Dickov said of last weekend's win: "I asked the boys, before anything football-wise, to give me desire, commitment and the right attitude. They did that and got the rewards."

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