GINO van Kessel is undergoing treatment to prevent an injury in the future after scans detected a potential problem.

The forward came off against AFC Wimbledon this month following a hamstring spasm, prompting Oxford United to investigate.

While the test did not show any damage, it did reveal something in the back of his knee which could flare up later this season.

U’s boss Pep Clotet said: “Gino doesn’t feel anything, but scans sometimes highlight things.

“It shows something which might become an injury, so we’re treating him.

“We expect maybe it will take a week and a half or two weeks.”

United’s treatment room has been busy this season and the preventative measure is likely to become more common in a bid to reduce the amount of time lost to injuries.

Clotet said: “Last week we had a meeting with the medical and physical training staff to look at what we could do better to improve injuries.

“One of the things was doing some testing to see if players might get injured.

“Sometimes it’s better to rest to avoid being injured for a longer period.”