ANDY Whing makes a welcome return as Oxford United name a strong side to face Chinnor in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup tonight (7.30).
The 28-year-old has been out for more than two months after suffering knee and ankle injuries against Accrington in the FA Cup.
He will either play in the first half or the final 30 minutes of the quarter-final tie, which is at Thame United’s ASM Stadium.
Oxford will use the opportunity to give several other first-team squad members some much-needed competitive action, with Harry Worley, Deane Smalley, Simon Heslop, Josh Parker and goalkeeper Max Crocombe all due to feature.
Chris Wilder is looking forward to seeing all six get some useful minutes, but it is Whing’s return which particularly pleases the U’s boss.
He said: “Going into the business end of the season, you want all your players back.
“But you especially want the ones who can handle the pressure situations – the really determined types.
“I think if you’re going into battle you really want Andy Whing. Everybody would say that, so for him to come back is a boost.”
Providing he comes through the test against the Hellenic League Division 1 East side, Whing will be in the frame for Saturday’s game against Bristol Rovers.
Lewis Montrose, who has been out with a hamstring injury, will not be considered tonight, but could play this weekend.