Oxford City skipper Darren Pond faces several weeks on the sidelines with a hip injury.
Pond suffered the blow in City’s 1-0 opening-day win at Hyde United in Vanarama Conference North on Saturday.
The first game he will miss is the clash with Worcester City at Marsh Lane tonight when general manager Justin Merritt will be looking for a repeat result.
City were forced to defend with ten men for an hour at Hyde after Darren Mullings was sent off.
And Merritt said: “It didn’t go as we envisaged, but it was pleasing to come away with a victory.”
However, he was less happy with Mullings’ dismissal.
He added: “I thought a yellow card would have been a bit harsh, so I was very disappointed with the decision – it was a soft sending off, but our players accepted it and got on with it. Ten minutes later, Darren limped off.
“Situations like these can be character-building and hopefully the guys can take a lot of confidence from it.
“Liam Malone (who replaced Pond) did exceptionally well. It just shows the importance of having a good-sized squad. Having 11 good players is not enough.”
Banbury United boss Edwin Stein is backing his Southern League Premier Division side to bounce back at home to Hitchin Town.
Despite a 1-0 loss to Poole Town, Stein saw many positives in the Puritans’ display.
“I thought we played well, but we weren’t brave enough in the final third,” he said.
Banbury could give debuts to former Oxford City winger Jacob Walcott and ex-Spurs youth player Victor Zapata.
Oxford City (v Worcester City, home): from Scott, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Malone, Lapoujade Garde, Green, Wilson, Mullings, Yussuf, Rodriguez, del Alamo, Barcelos, Winters, Brown, Hernandez.
Banbury Utd (v Hitchin Tn, home): from Nuamah, Cray, Strafford, Mzungwana, Westbrook, Murombedzi, Abrahams, Evangelinos, Green, Martin, Masri, Adekunie, Osyemi, Browne, Oke, Vincent-Young.
12:00am Sunday 7th February 2016
OXFORD United season ticket holders will be able to buy tickets for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley as of tomorrow.
7:54pm Sunday 7th February 2016
VICTORIA PENDLETON’S wait for a first winner goes on, after Working Title all but pulled himself up when leading the Ladies Open Race at Wadebridge yesterday.
3:00pm Saturday 6th February 2016
DEFENDER Canice Carroll has signed a professional contract with Oxford United.
12:40pm Saturday 6th February 2016
OXFORD United will announce full details at 1pm tomorrow on tickets for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.
10:19am Saturday 6th February 2016
OXFORD United's Sky Bet League Two game at Exeter City has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
10:00am Saturday 6th February 2016
SAM Slocombe is set to take over between the sticks as Oxford United make the trip to Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two this afternoon (3).
9:30am Saturday 6th February 2016
LIAM Sercombe expects an emotional return to Exeter City today but insists he is focused on one thing – an Oxford United victory.
8:30am Saturday 6th February 2016
Reece Chamdal, the 15th ranked English cadet, dominated the Oxford & District League’s junior tournament at Kidlington Forum.
8:30am Saturday 6th February 2016
Forum A suffered a shock defeat when losing 8-2 to Bicester A in Division 1 of the Oxford & District League.
8:20am Saturday 6th February 2016
Oxford City Stars and MK Thunder will compete for the John Cartwright Trophy in their English League South Division 1 match at Oxpens tomorrow.