Blues Boss previews U's friendly and gives an injury update.Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is looking forward to the challenges Colchester United will bring in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Roots Hall.
Tomorrow’s game (3pm kick off) will be Blues’ final warm up match before the start of the Sky Bet League One season.
And Brown, whilst looking forward to the prospect of an Essex derby, is focused on the preparations for Gillingham next week, and is looking to come out of this one injury free ahead of the big kick off.
“You can’t get more of a competitive edge in a friendly than this one.” He said.
“You bring your Newcastle United’s to town and you also get a competitive edge because you haven’t got the ball, but I like the games where the edge is 50/50 in terms of possession and presents challenges that you get in a derby match.
“But again I want to come out of this one unscathed, and that for me is the most important part; that we don’t get any injuries from this game and we have a final week’s preparation injury free and we go in to Gillingham with a good squad.”
The Blues Boss also gave an injury update on Anthony Wordsworth and Michael Timlin who have both been sidelined with hamstring injuries.
While Wordsworth faces a race against time to be fit for the game at Port Vale on August 13th, Timlin’s injury sustained against West Ham United XI last week appears to be worse than first thought.
“The downside is that we have got key players out.” Brown added.
“Woody (Wordsworth) we thought last season by this time he would have been ready for action and that’s not to be the case.
“There’s still a bit of mystique in that hamstring, he’s had another injection on Tuesday as the surgeons are sticking something into his hamstring to try to avoid him having that operation.
If he has that operation he will be out for another five-six weeks, but we’ll know more about that after the game on Saturday and hopefully with a bit of luck, fingers crossed he doesn’t need another operation and will be fit for the Port Vale game but who knows.
“With Michael Timlin we found out on Tuesday that it is more of a grade two tear to him hamstring than a grade one tear which takes him beyond six weeks out.
“From an injury perspective it’s poor but the rest of it is ok. The fitness levels of the boys are excellent, the organisation side of the game on Tuesday night was very good and we’ve got a different kind of test against Colchester and I’m expecting a tough game.”