KARL Robinson has looked into raiding Oxford United’s younger sides to fill his matchday squad at Portsmouth today.

The squad have five senior players ruled out, along with doubts over Chris Cadden (hamstring), Rob Hall (ankle) and Tariqe Fosu (fatigue).

In that context, the visitors’ bench could have a youthful look this afternoon.

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Robinson, United’s head coach, said: “We certainly are searching. 

“We have a fantastic under 23 squad and a really good under 18s who are really pushing and asking questions.” 

“We’re not 100 per cent confident what we will go with, but we have a clear game plan.”

Nico Jones was among the substitutes in midweek, while the likes of Kyran Lofthouse and Fabio Lopes could get a call-up.

Andy Cannon is fit to face the U’s after recovering from a thigh strain, but striker Brett Pitman – who has three goals in his last two games against Robinson’s men – is expected to be kept out by a groin injury.

Portsmouth: from MacGillivray, Brown, Burgess, Raggett, Naylor, Williams, Curtis, McCrorie, Evans, Close, Marquis, Harrison, Harness, Cannon, Haunstrup, Bolton, Downing, Bass.
Oxford Utd: from Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Mousinho, Ruffels, Gorrin, Baptiste, Henry, Sykes, Taylor, Forde, Mackie, Agyei, Lofthouse, Lopes, Moore, Jones, Stevens.