Luton Town were beaten 2-1 by Colchester United in Essex, in a game overshadowed by a serious ankle injury to midfielder Luke Berry.

Berry was stretchered off after sustaining an injury inside the opening two minutes of the match, during which the referee took both teams off the pitch, and which saw the game stopped for 11 minutes.

The club confirmed after the game that Berry had suffered a dislocated ankle and had been taken to hospital for assessing a potential fracture and ligament damage.

When the game restarted, Colchester struck first when Tom Eastman headed in Ben Stevenson’s cross. He was then joined on the scoresheet by Luke Prosser, who turned in another delivery.

Luton did see a Danny Hylton goal late in the half disallowed, but were able to have more of the ball after half-time, as Andrew Shinnie, Olly Lee and Hylton failed to turn efforts on target.

Hylton did bring Luton back to within one inside the final minutes from the penalty spot after Ryan Jackson fouled Luke Gambin, but despite applying late pressure, they couldn’t find a second goal and were beaten.

The result means Luton drop down to second in League Two after Accrington Stanley won away at Mansfield Town. The gap between Nathan Jones’ side and the play offs is 7 points after the 4th v 3rd clash between Notts County and Wycombe ended goalless.