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Colchester United, whose manager, George Burley, resigned this week in the hope of landing the vacancy at Ipswich Town, have promoted Dale Roberts, the former Ipswich and Hull City defender, from assistant to caretaker manager.

David Wetherall, the Leeds United defender, has been discharged from hospital after sustaining a facial injury against Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Julio Salinas, the Deportivo La Coruna striker who scored in Spain's recent 4-1 win in Belgium, could be out of action for a month after injuring his right calf in a friendly between a Basque selection and Russia.