CHARLIE Raglan will miss the start of Oxford United’s season after suffering an ankle injury in training.

The centre back blocked a shot during a session earlier this week and landed awkwardly.

He was wearing a protective boot yesterday and is definitely ruled out of United’s first Sky Bet League One game of the season at Oldham Athletic tomorrow.

Manager Pep Clotet is waiting on a diagnosis, but the early indications are the defender will be back soon.

He said: “It was unfortunate in training, he had a knock with the ball and he stepped a bit wrong on the pitch.

“It looks bad (with the boot) but actually once the swelling goes down we’ll assess it.

“The first reports I have on it from the medical staff is it’s not going to be that serious, but you never know until it’s tested.

“We have to give it time to settle down.”

While Raglan missed out, the rest of the squad had a final chance yesterday to nail down a starting place for Boundary Park.

Clotet has been keen to keep an open mind about the line-up for his first competitive match in charge of the U’s.

But speaking yesterday, the new boss expects to reach a conclusion before this morning.

He said: “I’m still assessing how they are training this week.

“I’m very happy because everyone wants to get involved and they are training very hard.

“They all look ready and prepared, so I will take my final decision tonight.”