Football - On-loan absentees leave U's short

Colchester will be without on-loan trio Jeffrey Monakana, Elliot Lee and Cian Bolger for their FA Cup first-round tie at home to Sheffield United.

PA Sport Report

Preston winger Monakana, West Ham striker Lee and Bolton centre-back Bolger have all been denied permission to feature by their respective parent clubs.

However, goalkeeper Sam Walker and defender Luke Garbutt, on loan from Chelsea and Everton respectively, have been cleared for involvement.

Defender Tom Eastman makes a timely return to full fitness following his ankle injury to boost the ranks, while boss Joe Dunne may also be strengthened by the return of one or two more from the treatment room.

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