OXFORD United host Barnet in their final pre-season friendly this afternoon.

The fixture, which will take place behind closed doors at the U’s training ground, was arranged after the squad’s preparations for the new Sky Bet League One campaign were disrupted by Covid.

Of the 12 players who were forced to isolate, only Sam Long, Alex Gorrin and Luke McNally did not play against Peterborough United last Wednesday or at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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United were hoping the trio could play some part today, although that depends on how they cope with their return to training.

The visit of Vanarama National League side Barnet could see Gavin Whyte and Jordan Thorniley get their first run-outs since joining on season-long loans at the weekend.

Both took part in their first training session yesterday as they prepare for Saturday’s League One opener at Cambridge United.

Despite the disruption of the last two weeks, head coach Karl Robinson is satisfied with the state of play as United count down to the big kick-off.

He said: “We dealt with the disruption in the best possible way.

"We’re in an outstanding place.”