Football - U's hope for double boost

Oxford hope to have strikers Deane Smalley and Dave Kitson available for the trip to Rochdale.

PA Sport Report

The pair both missed Saturday's 1-1 draw against Morecambe with minor hamstring injuries but caretaker boss Mickey Lewis will give them every chance of proving their fitness.

Tom Newey will definitely miss out as he serves the final match of his two-game suspension with Scott Davies set to deputise at left-back again and a number of senior players join Newey in the stands.

Captain Jake Wright's knee injury rules him out while the game comes too soon for Andy Whing and Jon Meades. Matt Bevans may return to action having been rested against the Shrimps.

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