Colchester have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Oldham.
Striker Steven Gillespie, the club's record signing, could be added to the squad after proving his fitness in the reserves this week following lengthy ankle problems.
Defender Pat Baldwin has resumed light training after a foot injury but the clash comes too soon.
Left-back Marc Tierney is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder and winger Simon Hackney will be out for another couple of weeks with a back problem.
John-Joe O'Toole and Morten Knudsen continue their recovery from long-term knee injuries.
Winger Anthony Wordsworth could be recalled after dropping to the bench as the Us lost their unbeaten record with a 3-0 defeat by Huddersfield last Saturday.