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Capaldi: Pushing for a recall

Capaldi: Pushing for a recall

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Oxford and Cheltenham at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford left-back Luke O'Brien will hope to hold on to his place in Chris Wilder's side with Tony Capaldi available again after suspension.

The 24-year-old former Bradford defender made his sixth start for the club, but his first since October, in the victory at AFC Wimbledon with Capaldi serving a one-game ban and Liam Davis injured.

The in-form U's, unbeaten in nine games, look set to be without striker James Constable who saw red for the second time this season for an apparent elbow on Wimbledon's Will Antwi but the club will appeal the decision.

"I've lost a player who's absolutely flying for four big games now," Wilder said. "I can't afford to lose anyone. We're gutted. A report and an appeal will go in 100 per cent."

Oxford are now just seven points off a play-off place and ten points behind their New Year's Day opponents.

Cheltenham winger Jake Taylor is set to start in the final game of his loan stay from Reading.

The Wales Under-21 international, who is keen to extend his stay with the Robins, netted a memorable strike in the 4-0 win over Wycombe on Boxing Day.

A waterlogged pitch meant their meeting with Bristol Rovers was postponed on Saturday and manager Mark Yates has no fresh injury worries.

Right-back Sido Jombati is likely to retain his place having been taken off against the Chairboys as a precautionary move.

Striker Kaid Mohamed returned from an ankle injury on Boxing Day as a second-half substitute and is expected to be named on the bench once again.

Jeff Goulding and Darryl Duffy are expected to continue in attack after both netted in the win against Wycombe.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37