Oxford United's injury crisis deepens

Herald Series: Deane Smalley limps off at Mansfield. The striker made his comeback against Gateshead on Thursday, but will be involved against Wrexham on Monday without being fully fit Deane Smalley limps off at Mansfield. The striker made his comeback against Gateshead on Thursday, but will be involved against Wrexham on Monday without being fully fit

Oxford United’s walking wounded will be assessed today as the coaching staff draw up preparations for Monday’s FA Cup second round tie at Wrexham.

Assistant manager Mickey Lewis joked he might need to be named on the bench, but the mounting injury worries are no laughing matter.

No fewer than 11 first-team players are either ruled out or have question marks over their availability ahead of the trip to north Wales.

“I’ve been doing a bit of running, so I will see if I can get myself on the bench,” Lewis said.

“We will regroup and see how many players we have got available.”

An already dire situation grew worse this week, with centre backs Michael Raynes and Johnny Mullins picking up knocks ahead of Thursday’s first round replay at Gateshead.

During the course of their battling 1-0 win, which came after extra time, Danny Rose and Dave Kitson were forced off.

It meant United finished the game with six players on the pitch aged 20 or under.

The youngsters will be needed again against Wrexham, although there is hope at least some of those struggling can play.

Kitson appeared to only have cramp, while Lewis was relatively optimistic over Rose and did not think the centre backs had serious problems.

He said: “Hopefully the two centre backs will not be out for too long.

“Mulls did his knee on Saturday and played through it until the end. I don’t think it’s too bad, he has had a scan, but we don’t know the full extent yet.

“Raynesy picked up a hip injury in training on Wednesday and we’ll look at it once we get back in.

“With Danny (a hamstring) was tightening up and hopefully him coming off saved it from being worse than it is.”

Jake Wright and Sean Rigg, both scheduled to return next Saturday, may be looked at to see if they can bolster the squad.

United are also checking to see if Asa Hall can play.

The on-loan midfielder was not permitted to feature by parent club Shrewsbury, but as the Sky Bet League One side have been knocked out it could clear the way.

While United were counting the cost on the pitch, Thursday’s win delivered a financial windfall.

They will receive £90,000 in prize money and television revenue, as Monday’s game will be screened live on BT Sport.

With the cash generated from the Gateshead game being televised, the cup run has been worth more than £120,000 to the club so far.

They will also head to Wrexham knowing who awaits the winners.

With the tie being played on Monday, both teams are in tomorrow’s third round draw, where the Premier League sides enter the fray.

They will be ball number 59 and will discover their potential opponents shortly after 4pm.

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12:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

BigYellowScarf says...

It's OK, everyone. It's nothing to worry about. It makes no odds if we've got half the squad missing. Adlibber, in one of his endless rants about CW's "excuses", told us in his last post that Wilder "can't make excuses for poor losses any more because the team has managed to win a couple of games without key players in it".

So there we are, then. Adlibber's insightful footballing brain assures us that injuries make no difference. I don't know why anyone bothers to write an article about it, or ask Mickey Lewis his opinion. Or employ physios.

Full credit to the squad and staff for a fantastic effort and spirit in overcoming the odds on Thursday. Keep digging deep. Come on you yellows.
It's OK, everyone. It's nothing to worry about. It makes no odds if we've got half the squad missing. Adlibber, in one of his endless rants about CW's "excuses", told us in his last post that Wilder "can't make excuses for poor losses any more because the team has managed to win a couple of games without key players in it". So there we are, then. Adlibber's insightful footballing brain assures us that injuries make no difference. I don't know why anyone bothers to write an article about it, or ask Mickey Lewis his opinion. Or employ physios. Full credit to the squad and staff for a fantastic effort and spirit in overcoming the odds on Thursday. Keep digging deep. Come on you yellows. BigYellowScarf

10:14am Sun 8 Dec 13

Davos P says...

If anyone is experienced at coping without key players, it's Wilder. I think this should be viewed as an opportunity for the development players to get match experience which will benefit them and the club further on down the line.
Also if you look at Wrexham, they're not exactly flying in the league below.
COYY. Get us to the 3rd round
If anyone is experienced at coping without key players, it's Wilder. I think this should be viewed as an opportunity for the development players to get match experience which will benefit them and the club further on down the line. Also if you look at Wrexham, they're not exactly flying in the league below. COYY. Get us to the 3rd round Davos P

10:21am Sun 8 Dec 13

happyharryhardon says...

Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.
Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again. happyharryhardon

11:18am Sun 8 Dec 13

87oufc says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.
Spot on.
...and yet I understand Wigan Warriors have made six signings for 2014-15.
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.[/p][/quote]Spot on. ...and yet I understand Wigan Warriors have made six signings for 2014-15. 87oufc

12:01pm Sun 8 Dec 13

adlibber says...

BigYellowScarf wrote:
It's OK, everyone. It's nothing to worry about. It makes no odds if we've got half the squad missing. Adlibber, in one of his endless rants about CW's "excuses", told us in his last post that Wilder "can't make excuses for poor losses any more because the team has managed to win a couple of games without key players in it".

So there we are, then. Adlibber's insightful footballing brain assures us that injuries make no difference. I don't know why anyone bothers to write an article about it, or ask Mickey Lewis his opinion. Or employ physios.

Full credit to the squad and staff for a fantastic effort and spirit in overcoming the odds on Thursday. Keep digging deep. Come on you yellows.
Way to go! Wilder's little helper comes screaming out of the closet - I could probably recommend a professional to help you with your inferiority issues but first you need to pop your head out from between your buttocks.

Wait till the end of the season chap - I'll bow to your infinite knowledge of all things football should we get promoted. Feel free to cut&paste this response and take it to Chris. He can read it whilst he ruffles your hair.
[quote][p][bold]BigYellowScarf[/bold] wrote: It's OK, everyone. It's nothing to worry about. It makes no odds if we've got half the squad missing. Adlibber, in one of his endless rants about CW's "excuses", told us in his last post that Wilder "can't make excuses for poor losses any more because the team has managed to win a couple of games without key players in it". So there we are, then. Adlibber's insightful footballing brain assures us that injuries make no difference. I don't know why anyone bothers to write an article about it, or ask Mickey Lewis his opinion. Or employ physios. Full credit to the squad and staff for a fantastic effort and spirit in overcoming the odds on Thursday. Keep digging deep. Come on you yellows.[/p][/quote]Way to go! Wilder's little helper comes screaming out of the closet - I could probably recommend a professional to help you with your inferiority issues but first you need to pop your head out from between your buttocks. Wait till the end of the season chap - I'll bow to your infinite knowledge of all things football should we get promoted. Feel free to cut&paste this response and take it to Chris. He can read it whilst he ruffles your hair. adlibber

5:32pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Headington Jim says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.
You could not be further from the truth. IL, CW and the team are all geared to promotion and don't be under any illusion that there is a secret agenda.
Remember the Club has a large debt which IL is financing. With our present attendances we are probably running at a loss which was not forecast nor budgeted for.
As for the pitch, poor maintenance means that at the end of this season it will have to be completely lifted and replaced. A very expensive business and remember also, Kassam takes the rent but is not responsible for any Stadium or pitch maintenance.
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.[/p][/quote]You could not be further from the truth. IL, CW and the team are all geared to promotion and don't be under any illusion that there is a secret agenda. Remember the Club has a large debt which IL is financing. With our present attendances we are probably running at a loss which was not forecast nor budgeted for. As for the pitch, poor maintenance means that at the end of this season it will have to be completely lifted and replaced. A very expensive business and remember also, Kassam takes the rent but is not responsible for any Stadium or pitch maintenance. Headington Jim

7:52am Mon 9 Dec 13

jimbomcmucka says...

87oufc wrote:
happyharryhardon wrote:
Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.
Spot on.
...and yet I understand Wigan Warriors have made six signings for 2014-15.
they won the double last year. and have had the highest attendances in the super league for three years in a row.. they wouldn't need cash from lenagan's pocket every time they wanted to sign a player.

Plus its the off season, we signed 15 players in the off season. (including dev. sq.)
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Last year it was the pitches fault so what's the excuse for un fit players this year, there has to be something wrong with the way we do things 2 years on a trot we have had this problem. And I'm guessing the chairman has no wishes for promotion, with a team at the top and struggling for fit players you would have thought he would have been busy in the transfer window, but oh no not us we will make do withe teenagers who yes did well Thursday but where very lucky , against a top league 2 side they might not be so lucky and in a few short weeks the dream is over and we are chasing play off places again.[/p][/quote]Spot on. ...and yet I understand Wigan Warriors have made six signings for 2014-15.[/p][/quote]they won the double last year. and have had the highest attendances in the super league for three years in a row.. they wouldn't need cash from lenagan's pocket every time they wanted to sign a player. Plus its the off season, we signed 15 players in the off season. (including dev. sq.) jimbomcmucka

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