Pre Oxford Craic

Charlie Wyke will have to settle for a place on the bench today, with Jack Ross giving the nod to Josh Maja ahead of his big summer buy. Fair. Ross said: “We’ve had to make these decisions to date and at the moment Josh has earned the right to play every single week. I think I’ve shown already that as a manager I’m fairly loyal and faithful to the ones who are doing well because I believe that breeds the right competitiveness within your squad. All these players who are coming back from injury are good players, the great thing is they’ve been able to watch games and watch training and understand the levels they’re going to have to be at to get themselves back in, and once they’re in, to stay in. Equally the players who are in the team at the moment are aware these players are coming back and hopefully that will help keep their standards high so that they stay in the team. Again it’s consistency and behaviour, I think if you’re consistent that you’re selecting players who are there on merit, you’re getting more options if you like because that’s something we haven’t had.”

After failing to loan out both Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong, there’s speculation that they will return to training, so they can start getting paid again. Bastards! Jack Ross said: "I haven't really [thought about what happens if they don't move]. Stewart, Tony and Richard have I'm sure taken guidance on where the club would be at [if they return to try and earn their wage] because there have been several breaches of their obligations. It's always bubbled on with the expectation it would reach an end point because I don't think there's a single ounce of desire from the players to come back. Which as I've said, is sad really in terms of where they are in their careers. I work on the day to day basis of preparing the players properly and as a club, I don't think we've ever believed it would be the case. It still nags of course, and it would be remiss to completely rule it out but hopefully it won't be the case."