Cheltenham Town: Injury update ahead of Oxford test
CHELTENHAM Town's loan defender Ryan Inniss is expected to be fit to face Oxford United on Saturday.
The giant centre-half has been back with parent club Crystal Palace this week since suffering a calf injury during last Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Portsmouth.
A scan has given the 18-year-old the all-clear and he is expected to be available for consideration against unbeaten Oxford.
Whether he starts or not is another matter, with the versatile Keith Lowe performing well next to Steve Elliott after Inniss was forced off in the first half against Pompey.
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Matt Richards moved from midfield to left-back, with Sido Jombati reverting to his favoured right-back berth and the unexpected loss actually worked to Cheltenham's advantage.
But Inniss has shown plenty of potential since being throw in for his senior debut against West Ham in the Capital One first-round tie on August 27.
He recovered from an early elbow from Hammers' striker Ricardo Vaz Te to give an exceptional account of himself at Upton Park.
His Football League debut was less successful as Cheltenham went down 4-1 at Bury, but Inniss lost two of his defensive colleagues at Gigg Lane, with Elliott and Craig Braham-Barrett both forced off before half-time.
Elliott recovered from his jaw injury to face Pompey, but Braham-Barrett faces another two weeks out with his ankle ligament problem.
Senior sports therapist Ian Weston is hoping to welcome the left-back and centre-half Troy Brown (torn hamstring) back for the home match against AFC Wimbledon on September 28.
"Both Craig and Troy are improving, but they will miss the next two weeks," said Weston.
"They both have a chance for Wimbledon, but there are no guarantees."
Weston said veteran striker Jamie Cureton would be in the squad against Oxford.
The 38-year-old has recovered from a dislocated shoulder, but he was not risked for the Portsmouth game due to a tight calf.
"Jamie will be fine for Saturday," said Weston.
"We played it safe last week, but he's back in training and ready to test the shoulder in a match situation now."
Robins boss Mark Yates has no other injury worries, with Richards reporting no ill- effects after his comeback from a hamstring injury against Pompey.