KARL Robinson knows Oxford United must adapt to “weird” circumstances after the club confirmed two positive coronavirus tests.

The two individuals, whose identities have not been released, will self-isolate off site for ten days after receiving their results yesterday.

It comes as the U’s begin gearing up for next month’s Sky Bet League One play-offs with their first friendly this afternoon.

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And as the squad step up the intensity ahead of a return to competitive action, Robinson is aware of the importance of following all the protocols.

The U’s head coach said: “We’ve got to do everything right by the EFL, who have granted us permission to play. We respect that.

“Whether it’s putting petrol in your car, or even having shopping delivered, there’s so many ways people can be affected by it.

“We know we’ll need a Plan A, B, C and D and we have to be able to cope.”

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Robinson was already planning to hold a handful of key, unnamed, players back for closer to the semi-final against Portsmouth.

He said: “There are three or four players who are not ready. We think they’re fit, but we don’t want to risk them.

“There are certain players who are irreplaceable and we have to be careful.”

Today’s game comes 98 days after their last outing, at Shrewsbury Town in March, but is only going ahead after complying with a range of restrictions.

For starters, the Championship hosts cannot be identified in advance of the game to avoid any issues with supporters turning up at the ground.

The visitors will be treating it like the opening game of pre-season, with everyone available getting 45 minutes at what Robinson expects will be a “slow pace”.

And it will be unlike any match played in their professional careers.

Robinson said: “It’s going to be weird with the way the game’s going to be played and what we have to do differently.

“Everyone will go in their own cars. We’ll park up and walk straight on to the pitch.

“There will be no dressing rooms, or showers at the ground afterwards.

“But it’s a game of football, so it’s better than not playing.”

It is part of a phased return, but once the play-offs begin United are due to have full access.

After today’s trip, United are due to visit another second-tier side on Tuesday, before an internal match next Saturday.