Defender Rhys Day is expected to return to the Oxford squad for their clash with Aldershot at the Kassam Stadium.

Day managed 70 minutes for the reserves in midweek after a lengthy lay-off following a knee injury and he is in contention to be involved in the matchday squad for the first time this season, with a spot on the bench looking likely.

Mark Creighton is on the mend following a fractured toe, but the game will come soon for him with next weekend's clash at Macclesfield a more likely comeback date.

Boss Chris Wilder has no fresh injury or suspension concerns, meaning Jake Wright (back) and Damien Batt (ankle) are the only absentees.

United will be keen for revenge against a Shots side that knocked them out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in August.

Aldershot defender Ben Herd will return for the trip.

The right-back missed the 2-0 defeat to Cheltenham last weekend with a thigh injury and was also rested for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Bristol Rovers in midweek.

But he is now fit to start as manager Kevin Dillon returns to his first-choice XI after making changes for the cup tie.

Dillon made four changes against Rovers but the likes of Marvin Morgan, Glen Little, Darren Jones and Ben Harding could all return.

Midfielder Manny Panther has returned from a toe injury and should also come back into the starting line-up.

Jermaine McGlashan was handed a rare start against Rovers and impressed so could be in line to keep his place.

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