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Hanson Returns for Walsall Clash

Midfielder available again but duo ruled out through injury

20 September 2018

Oxford United welcome Jamie Hanson back into the squad as they take on Walsall at home on Saturday but will be without two forwards through injury.

Hanson has missed four games while serving a three match ban but has trained well and comes in to contention to replace Cameron Brannagan who is forced to sit the game out after a blow to the head in the draw at Wycombe last weekend.

Hanson and Josh Ruffels compete to partner Shandon Baptiste in the centre of the park- the youngster having agreed a new contract yesterday.

However Karl Robinson will be without forwards Jamie Mackie and Marcus Browne.

“Jamie had a scan and will be out for six weeks or so” Karl told iFollow. “It is bad luck because he was just starting to show what he can do but he has a hip injury and we have to wait until it settles down. Marcus will be out for three weeks too. He also saw a specialist because he felt a bit of discomfort in his knee.

“That’s bad luck for those two and with the other injuries I make it we have 15 fit players - Fabio Lopes has picked up an injury too so we will have to see who is available. But whoever it is they know it is an important game and they will go out there with a huge determination to do well for this club. Walsall have started the season really well but we played well at Wycombe without getting our reward and hopefully we build from that and get all three points on Saturday.”

See the whole interview plus the thoughts of Ricky Holmes, all in iFollow right now.

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