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U's Boosted As Carruthers, Eastwood And Mackie Return

Trio back in training for the U's

27 September 2018

Oxford United had a big boost this morning with Samir Carruthers, Jamie Mackie and Simon Eastwood all back in training ahead of the game at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Carruthers hasn’t featured since the opening day while Eastwood’s broken finger has also ruled him out since the first game at Barnsley, but they were both out on the new training ground today along with striker Mackie after a hip injury and boss Karl Robinson told iFollow

“We had Samir Carruther, Simon Eastwood and also Jamie Mackie involved as well which is a big boost for us.

“That just leaves Marcus Browne in the treatment room with Rob Hall. That certainly strengthens our squad and we have some big decisions to make this weekend. I’m not sure if those three will be quite ready but my theory has always been ‘if you train you are fit!’

United were excellent against Manchester City in midweek but now need to switch their attention to the league once more:

“It was a fantastic night” Karl said “and we were concerned how much it might take out of the players but we trained really well this morning and they are all fine - that surprised me a little bit because we thought we might be a little bit down on the levels but every player trained and trained well.”

United now take on the Dons, whose boss was at Grenoble Road on Tuesday to watch the U’s

“I have unbelievable respect for Neal Ardley and they have found a number of different ways to win matches. They have different combinations up front, midfielders who can control any game, a back four who are very strong and it’s a tight place to go and play but we have to embrace it and look forward to it.”

See the full interview plus the thoughts of John Mousinho in iFollow.


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