KEMAR Roofe says he feels back to his sharpest after a week off as Oxford United’s top-scorer takes aim at promotion rivals Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.
The 23-year-old was left out of the squad for the away wins at Exeter City and AFC Wimbledon to give him time to rest a groin injury.
Roofe admitted at the time it was restricting his sprinting ability, while head coach Michael Appleton felt a break was needed to unwind mentally.
It appeared to do the trick in midweek, when the forward came off the bench to set up one goal and score another in United’s 4-0 win against York City.
The cameo put forward a strong case to start at Home Park tomorrow.
Roofe said: “It’s massive because I’ve got my strength back and I feel sharp.
“I feel like I was at the start of the season, so I just want to kick on again. Getting the three points is all I care about.”
The No 4’s return comes at a perfect time for United, who climbed to second in Sky Bet League Two in midweek.
They leapfrogged Plymouth, setting up a clash where the winner will take a step towards claiming automatic promotion.
Roofe has made a habit of reserving his best displays for the biggest games, so is relishing the trip as United target a fourth successive victory.
He said: “Hopefully we can keep building on these three wins now.
“I like to play in the big games and prove to everybody what I can do.
“The intensity is higher and there’s more motivation.”
United are set to be backed by another four-figure crowd on the road.
It has been boosted by the Yellow Army, who have organised the first Oxford United Weekender, which has encouraged supporters to stay over in Devon.
About 150 are expected to travel down for a party this evening and there is a five-a-side tournament on Saturday morning featuring teams of Argyle fans.
With United winning their 11th away league game of the season last weekend to equal a club record, those who travel could see history being made.
Joe Nicholls, who has helped to organise the trip, said: “It’s all about bringing people together and packing the away end.
“Nothing beats watching your team on the road – especially if you’re winning.”