OXFORD United are waiting patiently for a ‘domino effect’ in the transfer window, head coach Des Buckingham has said.

The U’s are close to a couple of new signings, however external factors such as potential transfers involving other clubs mean United are having to play a waiting game at the moment.

Despite rumours linking the club with Chesterfield winger Armando Dobra and Luton Town striker Joe Taylor, currently on loan at Colchester United, the Oxford Mail understands those two players are not the ones the U’s are near to bringing in.

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Buckingham expressed his frustration at the limited playing squad he has at his disposal at the moment, with injuries and illness ruling out seven players for the Emirates FA Cup defeat at Coventry City yesterday.

He said: “We brought Tyler [Goodrham] off the bench, not fully fit and not where we want him to be, and that’s where we are at the moment.

“It’s the same with Billy [Bodin], he’s not where we need him to be, but in terms of making sure we can compete with the players at this level, we needed to involve them in some capacity.

“There’s been a lot of work that’s been done and we’ve got ourselves in a space where we’re pretty confident on a few things, but some of the stuff we’re not in control of, in terms of timeframes and things being signed off at the other end.

“We just need to be patient and ready to move when we can.

“It’s a lot of moving parts, and almost a domino effect, you need one thing to happen to trigger a series of events, but it’s about making sure at our end, we’ve done everything we need to do, and we certainly have.

“It’s now waiting for that first domino to fall, and when that falls, hopefully sooner rather than later, because we need some bodies in at the moment.

“We’ve got players coming back, but we’re still a little way off for some, but a couple of fresh faces around the building would be welcome.”

United’s injury list was added to when Stan Mills left the field at the Coventry Building Society Arena on a stretcher, after receiving several minutes of treatment on the pitch during stoppage time.

Buckingham said immediately after the game: “It’s horrible to see any player carried off on a stretcher, clutching his knee.

“I’m not a medical expert and I don’t even think that the guys who have taken him off will know exactly what it might be, but all we can do is surround him with the care of the medical team.

“Coventry have been extremely helpful with their medical team, and they’ve taken him off to the hospital, and he’s with his parents and some of our staff, so he’s in the best care he can be.

“Once we get some information on him, we’ll share that.”