PEP Clotet insists Gino van Kessel’s hamstring injury is not a cause for concern, but Oxford United will be cautious over the forward’s fitness.

The 24-year-old limped off just 11 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute against AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

Van Kessel tweaked his hamstring when backheeling the ball and he required treatment, before hobbling down the tunnel.

He was due to go on international duty with Curacao earlier this week, but United and the player, on loan from Slavia Prague, decided rest was the best option.

Clotet will now assess van Kessel’s fitness, before selecting his squad to face Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

The U’s boss said: “When he played the heel pass, he contracted his hamstring.

“We preferred for him to have a good rest this week.

“We will assess him tomorrow and see if he is ready to come with us, but it is not a major injury.

“He always feels it every time he tries to do it, because that is a strong impact on the hamstring, especially in a game situation.

“When this happens, a little bit of rest is always a good idea.”