Colchester's trip to Rochdale will come too soon for goalkeeper Ben Williams.
The Us' regular number one has resumed light training following the ankle injury he suffered during pre-season but will not be ready to travel to Spotland so Mark Cousins keeps his place.
Striker Steven Gillespie was also a pre-season casualty with a twisted ankle and remains on the sidelines along with long-term absentees John-Joe O'Toole and Morten Knudsen.
Midfielder O'Toole is continuing his recovery from the cruciate injury he suffered back in April and defender Knudsen is still missing with a knee injury, with neither due back much before Christmas.
Frontman Kayode Odejayi pushed his claims for a start with a goal for the reserves in midweek.