Robinson may look to make changes as Oxford bid to bounce back



Posted Thursday, December 27, 2018 by PA

Robinson may look to make changes as Oxford bid to bounce back

Oxford manager Karl Robinson could freshen up his side for the visit of Bristol Rovers.

Robinson named the same starting XI for the seventh successive Sky Bet League One game on Boxing Day when a 1-0 home defeat to Southend handed them only their second defeat in 17 games.

Luke Garbutt, Tony McMahon and Sam Smith are options for Robinson with the festive fixtures coming thick and fast.

Ricky Holmes (back) hopes to rejoin the squad, but former England Under-17 winger Jordan Graham will not be available until next week when his loan move from Wolves is officially completed.

Caretaker Rovers boss Graham Coughlan hopes to name an unchanged side for the second successive game.

Back-to-back wins for the first time this season have lifted Rovers out of the relegation zone.

But Tareiq Holmes-Dennis had some swelling on a knee before the Boxing Day win at Walsall and his fitness must be assessed.

Liam Sercombe’s return from injury has boosted Rovers during the congested holiday programme.

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