Colchester United: Freddie Sears eyes injury-free end to season

Freddie Sears

Colchester United striker Freddie Sears is aiming to finish the season without picking up any more injuries.

The 24-year-old has been troubled by hamstring problems this season but came off the bench to score in the 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Saturday.

"It's been frustrating and if I'm honest I'm probably not 100% at the minute," he told BBC Essex.

"Hamstrings are funny things and for a player like me who's fast you've got to look after it."

Sears has scored seven goals in 24 League One appearances this season, but said he hopes to play every game between now and the summer.

The former West Ham player missed last Tuesday's match against Shrewsbury having been withdrawn at half-time in the

"The physios have been brilliant and let me have a couple of days off it last week to rest it up because it was really sore after the Crawley game," he said.

"I just want to stay fit and keep going until the end of the season."

The U's were trailing Bristol City 2-0 on Saturday when Sears came off the bench in the 51st minute.

After helping set up his side's first goal, Sears then secured a draw with a 20-yard strike to keep Colchester five points clear of the relegation places.

"[I had a] good impact. I came on to express myself and ended up setting up a goal and scoring one so it worked pretty well.

"It's a big goal in terms of importance, it's a big point, and it's probably one of the best strikes I've had here."

Sears also played down claims that his assist for the first goal had come off his hand.

"From what I can remember it's hit my back and luckily falls to Gav [Gavin Massey, U's striker] and he tucks it in," he said.