Torquay v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 8th March 2013 12:30

New Gulls signing Joss Labadie is set to be involved for the first time.

The Notts County midfielder, who was Knill’s first signing since joining the club, trained with his team-mates on Thursday and is available for selection having signed a loan deal until the end of the season.

Knill has also been handed an injury boost with the news that experienced defender Aaron Downes could return to action after a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old limped off with the injury in Torquay’s 1-0 defeat to Port Vale last week.

Midfielder Craig Easton (calf) remains out while Southend loanee Elliot Benyon continues to have treatment for a sore knee but he is likely to partner top scorer Rene Howe again.

Knill revealed they are managing Benyon’s niggling injury and have been resting him between games.

Torquay are without a win since January and sit two points above the League Two relegation zone.

Oxford manager Chris Wilder looks set to ring the changes.

The U’s went down 4-0 at home to Rotherham on Tuesday night and Wilder admitted he selected the wrong system against the Millers.

He introduced Josh Parker and Scott Davies at the half-time interval with his team already 4-0 down and the pair are pushing for inclusion from the start at Plainmoor.

Strikers James Constable and Tom Craddock are other options as Oxford look to get back to winning ways.

One player who will not feature is midfielder Adam Chapman who moved on loan to Mansfield until the end of the season on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, (shoulder) striker Justin Richards (knee) and midfielder Peter Leven (knee) remain sidelined.

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Torquay v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 2:09

Torquay will be without striker Rene Howe for the match.

Howe serves the second game of a four-match ban incurred when he was sent off for the second time this season during the 3-1 defeat to Accrington on December 17.

Manager Martin Ling’s forward options will be improved by the return of Billy Bodin to the Gulls’ matchday squad after the on-loan Wales Under-21 international was ineligible to face parent club Swindon on Boxing Day.

Taiwo Atieno impressed when he deputised in attack in the 1-0 defeat of the Robins, scoring the only goal of the game, and the 26-year-old is likely to retain his place up front.

Defender Brian Saah will not take part as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Oxford will be without centre-back Andrew Whing.

The defender picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day and serves a one-match suspension.

Whing’s absence leaves the door open for either Harry Worley or fit-again Michael Duberry to return to the Us’ starting line-up. Duberry has recovered from a groin injury and has not featured for manager Chris Wilder since the 2-1 victory over Port Vale on October 29.

Defender Tony Capaldi (back) and Adam Chapman have returned to training but neither are expected to make their first-team comebacks in the near future.

Oxford have yet to concede a goal in December, winning two of their three matches this month after losing each of their five outings in November.

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