COLCHESTER United will make a decision on the future of loan duo Theo Robinson and Brendan Wiredu next month, according to boss John McGreal.

The pair are set to see their current loan stays at the JobServe Community Stadium come to an end in January, with neither player currently holding down a spot in the U’s starting line-up.

Robinson, on loan from League One side Southend United, has not started for Colchester since October 19 while Charlton youngster Wiredu’s last league appearance for Colchester came nearly two months ago.

Both are set to see their current loan deals expire next month and U’s head coach McGreal says decisions will soon be made.

He said: “There will be a decision that needs to be made in January.

“We’ve got recruitment meetings going on with (director of football) Tony Humes and that will liaise with the chairman (Robbie Cowling) as well.

“It’s not too dissimilar to contracts in a way with Theo and Brendan Wiredu, because they’re the loan players.

“When Theo came out of the team due to suspension, we’ve been five unbeaten in a way.

“It goes for you sometimes but it also goes against you and Theo has got good numbers.

“He has four goals and a couple of assists in seven or eight starts but it just shows you again the competition that we have in that top third.”

McGreal has a bigger than usual squad to choose from at present, with attacker Paris Cowan-Hall currently their only injured first-team player.

The likes of Wiredu and Jevani Brown have found themselves out of favour of late and McGreal admits it is a tough juggling act, at present.

“It’s just the numbers – we’ve been given a squad and we’ve got no injuries,” said McGreal.

“We thought we might have injuries but we haven’t apart from Paris (Cowan-Hall) who’s been the main injury.

“They’ve been on it in training and it’s not as if they’ve come off it in training.

“We just have to utilise the squad and there are players who aren’t even coming out of the XI to go on to the bench – they’re not even getting into the squad at the moment.

“That’s the disappointing thing for them but it just proves that everyone has to be fighting fit, because we do want to try and do something this season.

“It’s the hardest thing at the minute – telling players that they’re not in the squad or that they’re coming out of the XI and going onto the bench because everyone is fit, training to a really good level and everyone wants to play.

“It’s my job to balance that, the best way I can.

“A couple of boys have had to go out on loan, who have been on the peripheral because they need that game time.

“It’s a juggling act at the moment but the players are all contracted and we’re trying to do what’s best for the club and for the team – that’s the main thing.”