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PREVIEW Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

30 April 2021

Oxford United head for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday as the whole season boils down to just two games.

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back James Henry after a one game ban and stiker Sam Winnall, who spent time at Shrewsbury on loan earlier in his career, after injury.

The pair have trained all week while Brandon Barker is close to a return to add to United's attacking options.

Rob Atkinson was named in the League 1 team of the year at the EFL awards last night and will be hoping to celebrate with another clean sheet

Hear Karl's thoughts in iFollow right now along with chats with birthday boy John Mousinho, Rob Hall and Rob Atkinson, and you can of course also see the whole game live.

You can stream the game HERE

THE OPPOSITION
Manager Steve Cotterill will be in the dugout for the first time in four months after fighting back from Covid-19 and Covid pneumonia.

Cotterill has missed 24 matches with Aaron Wilbraham stepping in

“I don’t think any other person, in that position, would’ve been able to make it (back for a game this season), I’ll be honest,” Wilbraham told the Shropshire Star.

“I know how strong he is as a person, and know it’s been him pushing the specialists for them to lower his steroids, he’s always pushing himself and putting his body on the line. It does show what kind of person he is, definitely. I was thinking at best he might make the last game, but the fact it’s with three games to go is fantastic.”

“I’m not sure if he’ll be in the dugout or in the stand,” he added. “But even if he is in the stand I’m sure he’d be down within five minutes anyway!

SOCIAL MEDIA BOYCOTT
Oxford will be truly united this weekend as the whole club joins football’s social media boycott to try and help stop online abuse.

The official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts will be silent from Friday afternoon to midnight on Monday as will all player accounts, all staff accounts and the official channels from the Oxford United Women’s team, Academy, Community Trust and Walking Football teams.

There are still plenty of ways to follow the action.

As well as live coverage on iFollow, complete with commentary from the BBC Oxford Sport team, we have team news on this site and will be using the Match Live facility to bring you minute by minute updates in the Match Centre

There will be a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

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