OXFORD United's refreshed squad is giving boss Karl Robinson a welcome dilemma.

The fortnight's break in Sky Bet League One fixtures has allowed several players time to allow niggles to heal, while others who needed game time have featured in cup matches.

They get back to action tomorrow night for the visit of Crewe Alexandra, which starts a hectic period that stretches into the new year.

While it will be some time before Cameron Brannagan is available again, Rob Atkinson is due to be available for Saturday's trip to Wigan Athletic, while Jamie Hanson is doing work on the grass again after an ankle problem.

Robinson, United's head coach, said: "For the first time this season I'm getting a selection problem.

"We have a lot more players back fit and fresher than before.

"We're in a much better place today than we have been all season – physically, tactically and technically.

"We've improved the depth in our squad, you'll see from our bench it's very strong and they're all fit and able.

"It's not just strong in name, but strong in the ability to change the game.

"That gives us real hope moving forward that we've got decent players in our squad that we know we can compete."

The extra options include striker Sam Winnall, who has struggled to get up to speed since joining in September but played 70 minutes at Walsall last week.

Robinson said: "I'm not putting Sam on now to get minutes so he can get fit. 

"I'm putting him on now because he's fit and he's in complete competition now to find a starting place. 

"That's the type of competition we want."