KARL Robinson says the upbeat prognosis over Cameron Brannagan’s eye problem has lifted everyone at Oxford United.

The head coach visited the midfielder when he was in hospital, at a time when there were genuine worries over whether he would lose his sight.

Robinson has a close relationship with his players and the concern had an impact on the mood in the camp.

But the positive outcome from a check-up this week, which put the 24-year-old on course to restart training at the end of the month, has come as a big boost.

“The elation and relief that brought I can’t really explain,” the U’s boss said.

“Once he gets the all-clear we can see where he’s at.

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“He’s a long way from being back fit, but it was the best news we could have had.

“From that point of view it’s a race against the clock to get those steroids off him.

“There still needs to be improvement in the eye, that’s why the steroids are there. But they’ve seen enough improvement to be really positive.”

And not for the first time since taking charge at United, Robinson was grateful for being at a club so close to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

He said: “They have been absolutely outstanding.

“We couldn’t thank them enough for their attention to detail and their constant updates.

“We’re very thankful once again to be in an area with wonderful people to help.”