The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

OP­TI­MISM abounds at the start of a new sea­son, but Colch­ester goal­keeper Sam Walker was brought back to earth with a bump af­ter suf­fer­ing a po­ten­tially sea­son-end­ing in­jury.

Walker will un­dergo an op­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing stretchered off with a sus­pected rup­tured cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in their Cap­i­tal One Cup loss to Read­ing in mid­week, but the 23year-old is stay­ing up­beat.

“I’m very fo­cused and pos­i­tive for the weeks and months to come and I’ll come back fit­ter and stronger,” said the stop­per.

“This is my fifth sea­son in the pro­fes­sional game and I’ve not re­ally missed much football.”

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