Shrewsbury v Oxford preview

Date published: Monday 5th March 2012 4:28

Conor McLaughlin is likely to make his home debut for Shrewsbury, with Joe Jacobson still a doubt.

Versatile full-back McLaughlin arrived on loan from Preston until the end of the season and made his bow 24 hours later in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Crewe.

He was brought in as Jacobson continues to struggle with a groin strain which had threatened his eventual involvement in last Monday’s 2-1 victory over Crawley.

Jermaine Grandison was also recalled to defence at Gresty Road while Marvin Morgan started up front, with Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Terry Gornell dropping to the bench.

Manager Graham Turner is not expected to have any new injury concerns and could opt to keep faith with an unchanged XI, although the likes of Gornell, Nicky Wroe, Romaine Sawyers and Lionel Ainsworth are all on hand should he wish to freshen up his ranks.

“This is a massive week,” said Turner, ahead of the visits of Oxford and Burton. “We’ve got a great record at home, we’ve got to go on with that record between now and the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Oxford manager Chris Wilder will have to contend with James Constable’s suspension in addition to an injury nightmare.

Striker Constable was sent off after just 11 minutes of the U’s’ derby clash with Swindon on Saturday for elbowing Robins centre-back Joe Devera, and starts a three-match ban at the Greenhous Meadow.

Meanwhile, Wilder will be without six other senior professionals against the Shrews.

Midfielder Peter Leven has been ruled out of the contest with a shoulder injury, while captain Jake Wright is unlikely to play a part because of a back problem.

Tom Craddock is still recovering from a knee complaint and fellow striker Jon-Paul Pittman will remain on the sidelines after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Winger Alfie Potter is out for the season after breaking his ankle in training and defender Tony Capaldi has yet to make his debut for the U’s after joining from Morecambe in the summer because of a succession of injuries.

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Shrewsbury v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 1:01

Manager Graham Turner is expected to name an unchanged XI for Shrewsbury’s crunch promotion clash.

Having kept faith with the same starting line-up for three matches, the Shrews boss made just one change for last weekend’s precious 1-0 victory away to Cheltenham.

Mark Wright came in for Lionel Ainsworth having replaced the winger at half-time during Easter Monday’s goalless draw at home to Accrington, and Town’s leading scorer duly repaid his manager’s faith by bagging the only goal at Whaddon Road.

Wright’s impact has made it hard for him to be left out against the U’s, with Matt Harrold the only other real option should Turner wish to make changes.

Shrewsbury go in the encounter one point behind Wycombe, who occupy the final automatic promotion place, and needing to better their result at home to Southend to clinch a top-three finish.

Oxford centre-back Jake Wright is a major doubt.

Wright had to come off in the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Lincoln with a hamstring injury and he is struggling to be fit.

Harry Worley, Stevie Kinniburgh and Mitchell Hanson will be battling it out to come in if Wright fails to make it, but U’s manager Chris Wilder cannot select French defender Djoumin Sangare (metatarsal).

Right-back Damian Batt recovered from a knock to take his starting place against the Imps but after being replaced in the 62nd minute by Ben Purkiss, he might have to settle for a place among the substitutes.

Steven McLean is also pushing for a starting spot after being dropped against Lincoln but then appearing in the second half and setting up United’s winning goal.

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