Colchester could be boosted by the return of Kevin Lisbie, Christian Ribeiro and Paul Reid for the Essex derby visit of Southend.
On-loan Ipswich striker Lisbie missed last weekend's win over Carlisle with a thigh strain, but he has trained this week and should be involved.
Right-back Ribeiro and centre-half Reid are also pushing to return from groin injuries but their deputies, John White and Matt Heath, have performed well in their absence to give boss Aidy Boothroyd something to think about.
Ashley Vincent has been pencilled in for a reserve game next week.
The winger has been sidelined since September with a serious ankle injury but is back in training and looking to build up his match fitness.