Managerless Bury begin life after Alan Knill without Steven Schumacher for the home clash with Oxford.

The midfielder begins a two-match ban following his red card in last weekend`s goalless draw at Port Vale.

However, several players have recovered from a sickness bug that swept through the dressing room prior to last weekend`s match.

The players affected include Chris Holroyd, Phil Picken, Richard Eckersley, Michael Jones and Kyle Bennett.

Striker Andy Bishop is on the treatment table after going through another knee operation and veteran defender Efe Sodje remains sidelined as he recovers from a broken arm.

Bury announced the departure of Knill on Thursday and revealed a compensation package had been agreed for him to take over at npower Championship strugglers Scunthorpe.

Striker Ryan Doble is in line to make his Oxford debut.

The Southampton loanee is vying for a starting place after returning from international duty with Wales` Under-21s.

Midfielder Paul McLaren returned to the side for the 3-0 win over Burton after a lay-off with a groin injury but was substituted at the break.

Manager Chris Wilder confirmed that he will miss the game after receiving seven stitches in a cut just above his Achilles.

Josh Payne will get the nod in midfield, with the 20-year-old earning warm praise from Wilder, who labelled him "a really talented footballer" in an interview on the club's official site.

The Us have won two matches in a row to boost their hopes of back-to-back promotions.

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