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Glyn in positive mood about squad options ahead of Oxford

Team news from the manager

17 February 2020

Glyn Hodges said he will have no qualms about freshening up his side for the Tuesday night challenge at Oxford United.

Our manager made three changes to his starting line-up for the 2-2 draw at Rotherham and he was delighted with the response from his players. New signing Julien Lamy (pictured) is back in contention after being ineligible for the match against his parent club and Glyn said that the winger has every chance of featuring at the Kassam Stadium.

“I would have no worries about putting Julien in, he could feature tomorrow night,” said Glyn. “The games are coming thick and fast, but I’m not sure if the break helps you sometimes. The good thing is that we can freshen it up a little bit, something we did on Saturday. The options are there and they are all ready to play their part. I’m looking forward to Oxford.

“The players are all fighting fit, that’s the pleasing thing. We changed a few around last Tuesday and on Saturday. Everyone knows their jobs and plays a part. We tweaked the formation a bit on Saturday and it worked well. They are taking on new ideas well and it’s all eyes on Oxford.”

Our manager added that he needs to be careful with the fitness of Saturday’s goal hero Kwesi Appiah and Adam Roscrow. Glyn also updated us on the potential returns of Anthony Wordsworth and Paul Kalambayi with the latter having joined in full training for the first time today.

“We didn’t involve Kwesi in the game against Ipswich and he played 45 minutes for the Under-23s, purely so that he could get the minutes in. He’s up to 45 minutes, so it’s not ideal as we would like to have him up to 90, but he’s not quite there yet. We will dip him in and out, Adam Roscrow is the same. They both haven’t had a lot of time playing in the Under-23s, so you have to treat them carefully so that they don’t get injured again.

“Paul Kalambayi trained with the rest of the squad for the first time today and we are just discussing whether or not to get him game-time in the Under-23s first. He’s back on the grass, so he has a big smile on his face. With Woody, we are still waiting and it may be a couple of weeks. We are hopeful on that.”

Take a look below at the full interview with Glyn ahead of Oxford.

 


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