IT may have ended on a low note with defeat at Carlisle United, but last week marked a major step forward for Andy Whing.

The midfielder played every minute of Oxford United’s three games in eight days, his first big test after spending six months out with a groin injury.

He played an important role in victories against Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town, but was unable to prevent Carlisle pinching an 89th-minute winner at Brunton Park.

Despite feeling the frustration of missing out on taking nine points out of nine, Whing, who is set to continue in the starting line-up against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow, was delighted to play successive games without any fitness issues.

“The result was disappointing, but I can look back and be happy with a good week’s work,” he said.

“It’s three games in a week and I think previous to that I played four games in 11 months.

“So I’m really pleased on a positive note from myself.

“I’m really pleased to get through the week, I feel really fit and good to go.

“That’s a big bonus for me and hopefully I can keep myself fit for the remainder of the season, which I’ve lacked in the last couple of years.”

Whing’s return has been a boost to United, but he believes it could take another month before top gear is reached.

The 30-year-old said: “To get properly match fit is probably going to take double figures in games to really find your rhythm.

“There’s a lot of teammates out there I’m getting to know as well because I’ve been out so long.

“It will take time, but I’m really happy with the way it’s going.”

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