Capaldi on comeback trail

Capaldi: Back in action

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Tony Capaldi made his comeback for Oxford's reserves as they went down 1-0 at Southend on Tuesday afternoon.

The experienced defender is yet to make a first-team appearance for the U's since his arrival last summer having struggled with a host of injury problems since pre-season.

But Capaldi returned to training two weeks ago and played the first 45 minutes at Roots Hall before being replaced without any ill-effects.

Trialists Lewis Stockford and Umpha Koroma, from Portsmouth and Stoke respectively, also started, as did the likes of Wayne Brown, Damian Batt, Tyrone Marsh and Harry Worley in what was a largely youthful XI.

Oxford were sunk by an 87th-minute winner by Southend trialist Rowan Vine.