Oxford vs Gillingham preview

Gillingham must again do without Callum Reilly for the Sky Bet League One match against Oxford.

Midfielder Reilly is recovering from a groin problem, but is expected to be back in contention next week.

Forward Josh Parker is away on international duty with Antigua and Barbuda but otherwise Gills boss Steve Lovell reported no fresh injury problems from the FA Cup tie against Hartlepool. Fit-again defender Bradley Garmston could play having featured in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy game against Crawley.

Oxford will have striker Harvey Bradbury available after being cup-tied against Forest Green last weekend, but manager Karl Robinson has several selection concerns. Midfielders Gavin Whyte and Aaron Heap are away on international duty, while forward Jamie Mackie is suspended.

Ricky Holmes (back) and Josh Ruffels (knee) both sat out the FA Cup tie, during which defender Luke Garbutt (hamstring) and Tony McMahon (rib) picked up injuries, along with midfielder Marcus Browne. Rob Hall, Jon Obika, Samir Carruthers, Tsun Dai and Shandon Baptiste are all long-term absentees.

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Oxford have conceded just two goals in their last eight matches against Gillingham in all competitions (W5 D3 L0).

Gillingham haven’t scored in any of their last four league visits to Oxford (D2 L2) since a 1-0 win in November 2010.

Oxford are unbeaten in six league games (W2 D4); the last time they went on a longer suchunbeaten run was in October 2015 (seven unbeaten games).

Since winning away at Accrington on the opening day, Gillingham have only recorded one victory in their following seven away league games (D2 L4).

Tom Eaves has scored 28 league goals for Gillingham since the start of last season; 16 more than any other Gills player.

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