The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

MID­FIELDER Owen Gar­van is still some way off mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son, Colch­ester United boss John McGreal has grudg­ingly ac­cepted.

The 28-year-old, who joined Colch­ester on a free trans­fer from Crys­tal Palace 12 months ago, suf­fered a knee in­jury in the fi­nal pre-sea­son friendly with Southend United.

He had been pen­cilled in to re­turn im­mi­nently, but McGreal re­vealed Gar­van suf­fered a set­back and will be ab­sent for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

“Owen is feel­ing his knee at the mo­ment, so he’s been stop-start since the Southend game,” said McGreal.

“Owen is on a pro­gramme, to see how far he can get with that. He needs games, as well, to get back into it, so I think it will be a few weeks be­fore he is back.

“He was a key man for the club last sea­son, but I haven’t had him at my dis­posal this sea­son.”

AB­SENT: Owen Gar­van

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