Jimmy Oates back in contention for Exeter

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Exeter will have defender Jimmy Oates available for the Sky Bet League Two match against Colchester after his recall from Hereford.

Exeter will have defender Jimmy Oates available for the Sky Bet League Two match against Colchester after his recall from Hereford.

The right-back has returned to St James Park as cover for Pierce Sweeney, who is set to miss a couple of weeks through illness.

The Grecians saw their midweek match against Macclesfield postponed, giving the players extra time to recover.

Defender Troy Brown, fit following knee surgery, should be involved in the squad again, while defender Dean Moxey (hamstring) continues his rehabilitation.

Play-off chasing Colchester will be without Frank Nouble through suspension.

Forward Nouble is banned after being sent off for collecting a late second yellow card in the midweek home defeat by Forest Green.

Midfielder Ben Stevenson (groin) is also doubtful, while attacker Callum Roberts has returned to parent club Newcastle after his loan spell was cut short.

Midfielders Harry Pell (hamstring), Brandon Comley (knee) and Tom Lapslie (hamstring) all continue their recovery.

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