Oxford United will be without the versatile Anthony Forde when they welcome Doncaster Rovers to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Irish midfielder, who played at right-back at Hull on Saturday, will be missing tomorrow due to a family bereavement with boss Karl Robinson happy to give him time to look after his family even if United are currently without five or six other players through injury.
“It’s relentless at the moment” he told iFollow. “Tomorrow we start four games in eleven days. Usually you know a period like that is coming and you see it in the distance at Christmas or Easter or whatever but we are coming into it after playing Saturday/Tuesday for five weeks now.
“Every team is in the same situation and we love a challenge. Doncaster are in exactly the same boat and have been playing a lot of football. Tiredness is massive and we have to guard against injuries but there are other situations as well. Things accumulate but we embrace situations where we have to adapt. We don’t have any other new injuries although none of the players already injured will be back for Tuesday.
“Anthony Forde has a family issue and has lost a loved one back home so it’s important we do things correctly around that. This football club believes in strong family values and the relationship you have with people who you love. He won’t be available tomorrow but we know that is the right thing for him at the moment.
“We already have John Mousinho, Marcus McGuane, Sam Winnall, James Henry and Sam Long unavailable so it’s a big ask but the players have been brilliant, there is a real positivity around the place and a true zest for the job we all love doing.
“Tuesday night, under the lights, we have generally performed OK and we’re looking forward to it.”
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