Brennan Dickenson is set for more valuable game time when Colchester United under-23s host their Ipswich Town counterparts at Florence Park this afternoon.

Dickenson, who made his return to action at the end of last month when he played for the final half hour of U's development side's Premier League Cup defeat against Swansea City, has not played first-team football since suffering a cruciate knee injury last April.

The former Brighton winger had been considered for Colchester under-23s' game against QPR but the U's felt that a full week of training would be more beneficial for him, as he nears the end of his long recovery period.

However, he is expected to increase his match time against Ipswich in the Professional Development League Two clash today, kick-off 1pm.

Meanwhile, Colchester head coach John McGreal says he has been impressed by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe's performances in training, over recent days.

The striker, who signed from Maldon and Tiptree last month, came on as a late substitute for the U's in their 2-0 win over Newport County, on Saturday.

McGreal said: “Junior has been training regularly with the first team for a good month.

“He’s had a good taste of the first team and although he’s had minimal minutes as such, his training performances have definitely improved.

“He’s now showing a lot more of his character and we know that he can score goals, as we saw for the under-23s.

“We’re hoping that when he does get his opportunity, he takes it and gets his goals for us."