Oldham Athletic team news ahead of home game with Colchester



LATICS defender Harrison McGahey is set to recover from a calf injury but remains ruled out ahead of Saturday’s visit to Colchester United.

The summer signing impressed in the preseason but missed the start of the campaign because of the problem.

But while head coach Keith Curle is keen to ease the burden on his stretched squad, he insists he won’t rush McGahey – or any of his players – back.

McGahey, 25, traveled back and forth to the Scunthorpe squad last season due to a recurring calf injury. And with that in mind, Curle is keen to ensure the former Rochdale defender has made a full recovery before he is considered for first-team duties.

“We’re not rushing anyone back. We have a return-to-training protocol that they have to follow,” said Curle.

“Harrison has returned to rehab on the field. He hasn’t rejoined (with the team) but he’s on the grass.

“Last season he had a nightmare in Scunthorpe where they threw him back and he got injured again, threw him back, got injured again, and it cut his season short.

“He did so much work in the preseason and was great, the last thing he needed now was an injury.

“What we won’t do is the same mistake other people have made.”

Laurie Walker is expected to remain in goal after returning to the club on a seven-day emergency loan from MK Dons following a Danny Rogers shoulder injury and Jayson Leutwiler being unavailable due to problems contractual.

Walker, who finished last season with the Latics following an injury to Ian Lawlor, went straight into the roster for Tuesday’s game at Bristol Rovers.

“Laurie is a good character and a good goalkeeper. He understands what we expect of him and what is expected of him,” said Curle, who himself reported to the club this week after his stint. isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

“He played League One football in the season opener at MK Dons so he knows about it.”

Jamie Bowden, on loan from Spurs, started the season but missed the last two games due to isolation under Covid protocols.

The midfielder is expected to return to duty at Boundary Park on Monday.


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