Another disappointing week for Oxford United has drawn to a close with the club enduring two more defeats in the last seven days.
However, there is some good news with their match against Fleetwood Town postponed due to international call-ups, meaning it is two weeks before their next match.
This gap in the fixture list should allow some of their injured players to return against Charlton Athletic at the start of October.
Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Double Defeats and International Call-Ups
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Winger Receives First International Call-Up
Summer signing Jodi Jones has been called up for international duty for the first time.
The 24-year-old could feature for Malta when they face Estonia and Isreal at the end of the month.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I am really happy to be part of Malta’s plans.
“My family is so proud of me getting the call-up and I am really looking forward to meeting up with the squad and being involved.”
Defeat in Devon
Oxford returned to league action with a 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle.
It was a tale of two Swansea City loanees at Home Park as Morgan Whittaker netted the games only goal for the hosts. However, moments later, Oxford’s Kyle Joseph missed the opportunity to level the match from close range.
The result ends Oxford’s three-game winning run ahead of the visit of MK Dons on Saturday.
Young Duo Called Up for International Selection
Two of Oxford’s youngsters have been called up for international duty later this month.
Defender James Golding, who has seven senior U’s appearances to his name, will join the Republic of Ireland U19 squad for their European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar, Wales and Hungary.
Also, second-year scholar Erion Zabeli has been selected for the Kosovo U19 squad for a four-day training camp from September 19.
Defender Selected for International Duty
U’s defender Ciaron Brown has been called up by Northern Ireland for their UEFA Nations League matches against Kosovo and Greece.
The defender, who has already earned two caps, will face Kosovo on September 24 before travelling to Greece on September 27.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I’ve enjoyed being part of the squad and testing myself at that level. It’s a great experience and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Defeat Against the Dons
Oxford’s week went from bad to worse with a 2-1 defeat at home against strugglers MK Dons.
The U’s hit the post and bar in quick succession but the visitors scored through a John Mousinho own goal moments later.
Simon Eastwood conceded a penalty in the second half and Will Grigg doubled the Dons’ lead.
Mousinho did score late on and it looked like Oxford could have snatched a late draw, but it wasn’t to be.