Duberry set for Oxford United comeback game

Banbury Cake: Michael Duberry shortly after his operation in August Michael Duberry shortly after his operation in August

MICHAEL Duberry is set to make his playing return next week in a friendly specially organised by Oxford United.

The 37-year-old has not played this season after undergoing neck surgery in August.

But after getting the all-clear from specialists last month the centre back is nearing a comeback for the first team.

To help ease the former Chelsea and Leeds defender back the U’s are hoping to give him a run-out in a game next Thursday.

If all goes well it will see Duberry considered for selection, possibly as early as next Saturday’s trip to Morecambe.

United manager Chris Wilder said: “He will train on Monday and Tuesday, but he needs the confidence of the contact in a game, so we’ll organise one next week.

“He will play and hopefully he’ll come through it, if he’s involved at Morecambe then great, but if not then most definitely for the Fleetwood game (on December 22).”

The extent of injuries to Andy Whing and Jon-Paul Pittman should finally become clear in the next 24 hours.

Both suffered injuries in the 3-3 draw at Accrington Stanley last weekend which could, in the worst case scenario, rule them out for the rest of the season.

They have had scans, but need to be seen by specialists and the results should be known imminently.

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9:57am Fri 7 Dec 12

BigOx22 says...

Great news but please don't rush him back. It wont be good if he gets problems. The neck is no place to mess about with.
Great news but please don't rush him back. It wont be good if he gets problems. The neck is no place to mess about with. BigOx22
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4:17pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Shows how bad we have become that we want a 37year old man. Very sad
Shows how bad we have become that we want a 37year old man. Very sad Beau champ mummy
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11:30pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Marina Morris says...

What a ridiculous thing to say Beau Chump. His age doesn't matter. He was still a very decent player when he suffered his injury and hopefully he can regain his full fitness and form asap
What a ridiculous thing to say Beau Chump. His age doesn't matter. He was still a very decent player when he suffered his injury and hopefully he can regain his full fitness and form asap Marina Morris
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1:52pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Unitedwestand81 says...

Marina, he's a s*****n fan, don't let him wind you up. Will be great to have Dubes back.
Marina, he's a s*****n fan, don't let him wind you up. Will be great to have Dubes back. Unitedwestand81
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