GINO van Kessel is hoping now he has become a father his sleeping pattern could actually improve.

Moving on loan from Slavia Prague to Oxford United last month was enough of a whirlwind.

But the 24-year-old’s situation had been complicated by the fact his partner Debbie was heavily pregnant.

Van Kessel missed United’s Checkatrade Trophy victory over Stevenage while he rushed back to the Netherlands on Tuesday to attend the birth of his daughter, Jenaira.

The Curaçao international admits it has been a testing few weeks living in a hotel.

But with his new family due to join him in England, the hunt is on for a home which will help everyone settle.

Speaking after scoring in United’s 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town last Saturday, Van Kessel said: “I have not had much rest in the last weeks.

“I’m stressed the baby is coming and I need to find myself a house.

“We have great people here at the club who are working really hard for me to find the house I need, but I always want to do it on my own.

“I don’t want to ask people all the time, so I’m trying to find a house myself and it takes some energy.”

Van Kessel returned to training yesterday and is available for United’s trip to MK Dons tomorrow.