PEP Clotet will make a late call on his selection as he weighs up his options for a second game in 48 hours.

Coming on the back of Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Bradford City, Oxford United host Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League One this afternoon.

Despite the long journey back from West Yorkshire, the squad were back at the training ground yesterday for a recovery session.

Clotet felt the heavy surface at Valley Parade would have taken its toll, so was unsure how much the starting XI would need to be freshened up.

Speaking on Saturday, he said: "We have to assess tomorrow because there will have been a lot of loading on the players due to the surface we played on.

"We will do a good recovery and hopefully we can get everyone in decent shape for Monday.

"That’s a game where we need to make our stadium a fortress and make sure three points stay in Oxford."

Jack Payne, who has been a substitute in the last two games as United have switched to a 4-4-2 formation, would be an obvious player who could come into the starting line-up.

James Henry replaced the injured Joe Rothwell at Bradford on Saturday and is another in line for a start.

While United played on a heavy pitch, the Dons' energy levels will have been more affected on Saturday.

Although they beat Peterborough United 1-0, Joe Walsh was sent off after nine minutes and they played for almost an hour with nine men when Osman Sow was dismissed.

United are in need of a boost - their miserable Christmas has extended a poor run in League One which has seen them win just twice in 12 games.

Clotet took some heart from the way his side rallied after going 3-1 down at Bradford to give the home side a scare, but knows improvements need to be made.

He said: "We need to step up our game collectively and individually.

"I see a lot of determination in the lads to do it.

"Now we go into January with a lot of games to play.

"The most encouraging thing is this attitude and the fact we come back in games and fight against a top team like Bradford.

"We kept them until the end fighting for the result."

He added: "Every game is a must-win, so that’s why when fighting like we did at Bradford when we did most things right sometimes is not enough to win.

"You need to do everything right and make sure we don’t commit ourselves in certain situations and we get a little more clinical in both boxes.

"Then we can fight for the three points every week."