Football - Jabo be there

Jabo Ibehre will be assessed ahead of Colchester's home clash against Brentford on Boxing Day.

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The striker was forced off on the hour mark in Saturday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Walsall having appeared to have pulled a stomach muscle.

Ibehre will now be monitored in the build-up to the Bees' visit as the U's aim to halt a woeful run of form which has seen them lose eight of their last nine games.

Fellow forward Gavin Massey returns to contention following his three-match ban, providing a welcome option for under-pressure boss Joe Dunne.

Marcus Bean and Magnus Okuonghae made their comebacks from suspension against the Saddlers but were only named on the bench, with the pair pushing to start this time around.

Colchester have announced the capture of Portsmouth winger Jack Compton but the 24-year-old is not available to play until January when the transfer window opens.

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