Striker Tom Craddock and midfielder Paul McLaren are likely to sit out the first match of Oxford United’s US tour because of injuries.

Both have slight niggles which means they are unlikely to face Seacoast United tonight at 11.30pm British time.

Manager Chris Wilder confirmed: “Paul could be out for a week and Tommy has a knee problem, but there’s no point in players risking themselves for the longer term.

“There will be no heroes in the next two to three weeks.”

Wilder said he would give his starting XI 60 minutes against Seacoast and then change things around in the last half-hour.

And he expects a stiff challenge from the Americans.

He said: “They will be fit and strong physically and mentally. They will pose a challenge to us and it’s one we have to overcome.

“They will want to well against us. It’s big news in these parts that we are coming.

“OK, it’s not Manchester United, but it’s still big news that were are here.

“It’s important we keep our standards bang on, work hard and win the game.”

Latest signing from MK Dons Peter Leven is expected to figure and Wilder has spoken of his delight at his capture.

He added: “Everyone in our league will know about Pete. We’ve done really well to grab his signature.

“Our odds will probably have dropped again, but that’s what happens when you sign quality players. He’s a fantastic addition to our team.”