Oxford United in danger of breaking trophy rules

Daniel Boateng (left) is expected to replace the injured Damian Batt at Cheltenham tonight

Daniel Boateng (left) is expected to replace the injured Damian Batt at Cheltenham tonight

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Chris Wilder says he is happy to provide medical evidence if Oxford United break Johnstone’s Paint Trophy rules tonight because of the number of injuries which have ravaged the squad.

Under competition rules, teams have to include six players who started the previous game, or six first-team regulars from the season to date.

It is designed to prevent clubs fielding weakened sides, but in United’s case at Cheltenham Town they have no choice – with potentially only a dozen fully fit outfield players available for selection for the Southern Section second-round tie.

Damian Batt and Deane Smalley both suffered groin injuries in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Gillingham, increasing the injured list to nine.

Alfie Potter faces a late fitness test, while new signing Johnny Mullins is cup-tied.

The absences could bring the U’s very close to breaking the rules, but Wilder insists there is nothing he can do.

The United boss said: “It’s not a case of us resting players, we’re just picking a side which is available to us.

“Hopefully, it will still be in the rules of the competition, but if people want a doctor’s note I can give them a medical report straight away, because there’s no way we’ll pick players who are injured and unfit.

“I’ve got 12 outfield players, plus Alfie, who might not be able to start, but could be fit enough to be on the bench.”

Daniel Boateng, who started in United’s first-round victory over Swindon Town, is expected to replace Batt at right back, while up front, James Constable could make only his second start in eight games.

Harry Worley is favourite to replace Mullins after overcoming a lengthy ankle injury.

He said: “I’m hoping to play and prove my fitness. We’ll soon find out if I can get through 90 minutes.”

Teenage striker Tyrone Marsh, who has only made two brief substitute appearances for the first team, will also feature at some stage.

Wilder said: “It’s good for him because he’s done well and in the glimpses we saw at Leeds, he was excellent.

“We think quite a lot of him, he’s done great and hopefully this is a little window for him to show what he’s about.

“There’s always a chance to gain something, whatever team we put out, it won’t be a mis-match.

“If we get a result and go through I’ll be delighted, as long as everybody comes through unscathed.”

Cheltenham are expected to have the luxury of resting several players.

TONIGHT'S SQUADS

Cheltenham Tn: from Brown, Jones, Lowe, Hooman, Jombati, Pack, Deering, McGlashan, Mohamed, Zebroski, Duffy, Harrad, Roberts, Goulding, Elliott, Penn, Carter.

Oxford Utd: from Clarke, Boateng, Worley, Wright, O’Brien, Chapman, Heslop, Forster-Caskey, Rigg, Craddock, Constable, Potter, Capaldi, Leven, Marsh, Crocombe, Lynn.

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11:16am Tue 9 Oct 12

saddletramp says...

Just do what Gary Megson did at Sheffield wednesday last season.
The six regular players have only got to start the game.
So you have 4 injured players(im sure you get 4 subs in the JPT)kitted out and stood by the touchline by the tunnel,kick off,boot it into the stands,sub said 4 players with 4 trainees.
Sorted.
Just do what Gary Megson did at Sheffield wednesday last season. The six regular players have only got to start the game. So you have 4 injured players(im sure you get 4 subs in the JPT)kitted out and stood by the touchline by the tunnel,kick off,boot it into the stands,sub said 4 players with 4 trainees. Sorted. saddletramp
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11:37am Tue 9 Oct 12

Inkpot says...

Totally agree saddletamp, we just cannot afford to risk losing any more 1st choice players to the " Mickey Mouse Cup ."

Your idea, if it is within the rules should be used.

I don't think many OUFC supporters care one little bit about the JPT!!!!!!!!!
Totally agree saddletamp, we just cannot afford to risk losing any more 1st choice players to the " Mickey Mouse Cup ." Your idea, if it is within the rules should be used. I don't think many OUFC supporters care one little bit about the JPT!!!!!!!!! Inkpot
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11:37am Tue 9 Oct 12

Chish and Fips says...

Just glad in some respect you lot beat us in the previous round - we'd have the same issue at the moment.

Have a good week you lot.
Just glad in some respect you lot beat us in the previous round - we'd have the same issue at the moment. Have a good week you lot. Chish and Fips
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11:43am Tue 9 Oct 12

Joe1 says...

This trophy is just what we don't need. With ALL these injuries, we have to put out a team of some kind. It should be fun for them. We have such a small squad, perhaps we could play some of our ladies?
Just get the game over & done with & back to the real stuff next Monday.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
This trophy is just what we don't need. With ALL these injuries, we have to put out a team of some kind. It should be fun for them. We have such a small squad, perhaps we could play some of our ladies? Just get the game over & done with & back to the real stuff next Monday. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
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11:54am Tue 9 Oct 12

DuberryandBeanofan says...

Ian Lenagan please please please put some money into this squad, if we lose any more players our compaign will be ruined. COYY
Ian Lenagan please please please put some money into this squad, if we lose any more players our compaign will be ruined. COYY DuberryandBeanofan
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11:59am Tue 9 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

You can only make 3 subs in the JPT. 5 on the bench in JPT. We will be ok. We need to play - Clarke, Boateng, wright, worley, O'brien, Chapman, Heslop, Rigg, Marsh, Beano and Croddock. That meets rules!
You can only make 3 subs in the JPT. 5 on the bench in JPT. We will be ok. We need to play - Clarke, Boateng, wright, worley, O'brien, Chapman, Heslop, Rigg, Marsh, Beano and Croddock. That meets rules! BigOx22
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12:31pm Tue 9 Oct 12

ox1955 says...

Do we have to enter this waste of time cup ? life is hard enough for clubs with injury problems the f a should scrap the stupid thing FA CUP and LEAGUE CUP ONLY PLEASE!!!
Do we have to enter this waste of time cup ? life is hard enough for clubs with injury problems the f a should scrap the stupid thing FA CUP and LEAGUE CUP ONLY PLEASE!!! ox1955
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1:23pm Tue 9 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

ox1955 wrote:
Do we have to enter this waste of time cup ? life is hard enough for clubs with injury problems the f a should scrap the stupid thing FA CUP and LEAGUE CUP ONLY PLEASE!!!
Totally agree. It would be nice to get to the final but its just another game for our players to get injured. Roll on the Championship where we don't have to play it. (Not anytime soon thou)
[quote][p][bold]ox1955[/bold] wrote: Do we have to enter this waste of time cup ? life is hard enough for clubs with injury problems the f a should scrap the stupid thing FA CUP and LEAGUE CUP ONLY PLEASE!!![/p][/quote]Totally agree. It would be nice to get to the final but its just another game for our players to get injured. Roll on the Championship where we don't have to play it. (Not anytime soon thou) BigOx22
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4:06pm Tue 9 Oct 12

OxRoxBox says...

Any of you footballers out there will know that you have more chance of getting injured being half committed than fully committed in the tackle. Too risky to play anyone less than fully fit . . . that said winning is a good habit to have and we could do with some of that.
Come on You Yellows.
P.s My Reading FC mate lost a bet at the weekend and he is running the Oxford Half Marathon in his Reading Shirt lol - if you see him give him the support he deserves! Lol
Any of you footballers out there will know that you have more chance of getting injured being half committed than fully committed in the tackle. Too risky to play anyone less than fully fit . . . that said winning is a good habit to have and we could do with some of that. Come on You Yellows. P.s My Reading FC mate lost a bet at the weekend and he is running the Oxford Half Marathon in his Reading Shirt lol - if you see him give him the support he deserves! Lol OxRoxBox
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7:35pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Chickengeorge44 says...

Is there any chance the pitch might be contributing toward injuries??

I know a few European sides have shown an interest in the part Synthetic surface, but I've never known a team with so many injuries. Hopefully, it's an unfortunate coincidence.
Is there any chance the pitch might be contributing toward injuries?? I know a few European sides have shown an interest in the part Synthetic surface, but I've never known a team with so many injuries. Hopefully, it's an unfortunate coincidence. Chickengeorge44
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