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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

Clean bill of health as U's prepare for Trophy

6 October 2020

Oxford United have a clean bill of health as they prepare to face Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy tonight.

The entire first team squad and staff were covid tested yesterday and all results returned negative, and with the stadium given a deep clean the game goes ahead with a 7pm kick off.

TEAM NEWS
Sam Winnall, Josh Ruffels and Alex Gorrin are all on track to return for the trip to Gillingham on Saturday but tonight may come slightly too early.

John Mousinho is back out on the pitches and training but remains unavailable while youngsters Nico Jones, Michael Elechi and Kyran Lofthouse were all tested yesterday and are included in the squad

Hear James Henry and Karl Robinson looking ahead to the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION

Bristol Rovers boss Ben Garner is likely to make changes to his side tonight:

“This month we’ll play eight games in 28 days, so the whole squad is going to be needed during this period,” the manager told Bristol Live. “There’s opportunities for some players to play Tuesday that have trained well and deserve that opportunity. I also think it’s a competition where we’re keen to blood one or two of our youngsters as well.

“Oxford are a good side and that was proven last season by reaching the play-off final,” They play a certain way generally and they’re very good at doing it. They’ve got some very good technical players with also some good experience and proven players at the level. People like James Henry and Matty Taylor, who obviously the Gasheads will know well.

“In terms of their team, I’m not so sure because their game was obviously called off on Saturday. Whether that will impact what Karl looks to do with his team, we don’t know. But we go there with full respect for them and look forward to the game.”

TICKETS
A reminder, if needed, that the game is behind closed doors and we once again ask all fans to respect the current situation and stay away from the stadium. Stay home and watch it on iFollow where the game is available for £10 (season ticket holders please note that cup competitions are not included in your streaming package.

You can stream the game RIGHT HERE 

COVERAGE
Full match coverage is available through all of our channels- see the game on iFollow, read a match report on the final whistle with a full Gallery right here on the website or Facebook, and follow our coverage on Twitter and Instagram throughout the evening.

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