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Team News: Oxford United v Pools

21 April 2016

We take a check on the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Craig Hignett has no new injury worries ahead the weekend trip to Oxford United and will decide whether to make any changes to his line-up for the game.

The Pools boss took a look at some of his fringe players by making five alterations to his starting eleven for Tuesday’s defeat to Accrington Stanley so will have decisions to make ahead of Saturday.

Billy Paynter is still a doubt as he nurses the hamstring injury which has kept him out of the last four games, while Scott Harrison is definitely out after fracturing his foot during training on Monday.

Harry Worley is back in training after an ankle injury but young keeper Peter Denton is sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Oxford boss Michael Appleton has revealed that some of his players will be receiving round-the-clock treatment in a bid to get some of them fit in time for Pools’ weekend visit.

The U’s have no fewer than eight players struggling with injury and illness ahead of the game and those concerns are a threat to their fight for automatic promotion.

Kemar Roofe hurt his ankle in the warm-up for their midweek draw at Newport County and is a doubt, while Jordan Evans came off with a suspected broken rib.

They finished the game with five players aged 22 or under and their situation is summed up by the news that former Pools loan man Joe Skarz may make a return to ease their left-back problems after initially being ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury.

John Lundstram (ankle), Alex MacDonald, Callum O’Dowda (both Tonsilitis), Ryan Taylor (groin) and Sam Long (hip) are the other players who currently occupy the busy Oxford treatment room.

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