Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: FA Cup Progress and Injury Update

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While the majority of the country will be focusing on the World Cup, it was the FA Cup that took centre stage for Oxford United.

The U’s made it through to the third round with a win over Exeter City while the club’s U18 side also progressed in the FA Youth Cup.

Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: FA Cup Success and Injury Update

Injury Update on U’s Duo

Oxford forward Kyle Joseph will not need an operation on his ankle injury, according to manager Karl Robinson.

The striker was stretchered off in Oxford’s 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury at the start of the month, with Robinson saying at the time he will stay at the club rather than returning to his parent side, Swansea City.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Robinson said: “He doesn’t need an operation, so he’s probably about eight weeks away from back playing. It’s a 12-week injury and he’s four weeks into that.”

Another one of Oxford’s injured players is Billy Bodin after he was forced off in their last match – a 1-1 draw against Forest Green Rovers. However, Robinson has revealed that is less serious.

He added: “He’s fine, the scan came back okay.

“He’s trained this morning (Thursday), but there’s still a level of fatigue in there.

“The pitch on Wednesday (at Woking) certainly had an impact on him but he scored the goal, so you’ve got to weigh that up as well.”

Young U’s Through In FA Youth Cup

Oxford’s U18s made it through to the third round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 home win over Horndean.

The lower league side gave the U’s a good game but second-half goals from Kasway Burton, fellow U16s forward Harrison Bradney and an injury-time third from Enrique Tiamuna saw Oxford progress, despite a late consolation for the visitors.

Oxford United Through to FA Cup Third Round

Oxford’s senior side progressed to the third round of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win over Exeter City.

Matty Taylor opened the scoring against the Grecians and a late Bodin brace and Cameron Brannagan strike secured the win.

Exeter did score late on to end Oxford’s chances of a clean sheet but the result was beyond doubt by that point.