Colchester welcome back striker David Mooney for the home clash with Oldham.
On-loan Reading man Mooney completed his three-match ban for the red card he received in the 2-0 defeat to Southampton earlier this month by sitting out Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Tranmere.
Fellow loanee Tommy Smith made his debut at the weekend after joining from Ipswich and was one of three changes in the back four, with Ben Coker and Brian Wilson being recalled in the full-back positions. With the trio largely impressing they should keep their places.
The Us, who have lost their last four matches, are in desperate need of more attacking threat meaning Andy Bond could start on the wing after looking dangerous in a 20-minute cameo against Rovers, while Ian Henderson is pushing for a place up front.
Winger Medy Elito has been recalled early from his loan spell at Cheltenham, but is unlikely to make the squad.
United remain without defender Magnus Okuonghae (ankle), who is out for the rest of the season, while Pat Baldwin continues to struggle with a long-term Achilles problem.
Oldham boss Paul Dickov could be without Chris Taylor and Filipe Morais.
Winger Taylor has been struck down by mumps and missed Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to leaders Brighton.
Midfielder Morais is an injury doubt after sustaining a hamstring strain against the Seagulls and was replaced in the closing stages.
The result stretched Oldham's winless run to 10 games and striker Warren Feeney will miss the game with Colchester and next Monday's home clash against Tranmere.
Feeney has reported for Northern Ireland duty as they prepare for two Euro 2012 qualifiers in Serbia on Friday and at home to Slovenia next Tuesday.
It was initially thought Feeney would only miss the Tranmere match, but because of the five-day ruling he will now miss the trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
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