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Richards avoids surgery but remains ruled out for Oxford United
JUSTIN Richards's knee injury is not as severe as first thought, but he will still miss the rest of Oxford United's season.
The striker damaged a cruciate knee ligament in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers.
It was initially thought he would need an operation, which would rule him out for six months.
But a follow-up today has shown surgery is not needed, although the 12-week rehabilitation means he will not play again in the regular season.