Oxford United have announced that goalkeeper Simon Eastwood faces a spell on the sidelines after damaging his knee against Walsall last Saturday.
The 30-year-old landed awkwardly when collecting a cross late on in Oxford’s FA Cup win at the Bescot Stadium, but it is believed the injury is worse than first feared after Eastwood underwent an initial scan.
The club have stated the injury could rule Eastwood out for the next few weeks, with the goalkeeper expected to undergo a secondary scan next week, according to Oxford boss Karl Robinson.
On the club website, Eastwood described how he first felt the injury and how he knew that it could be serious.
“Their player just got under me when I went for the ball and I was off balance when I landed,” he said.
“At the time, I thought it was just a knock but it felt sore the next day so we booked in a scan and there is some inflammation and now we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes to settle down.”
Eastwood has featured twenty-four times in total for Oxford this season in all competitions, helping to keep eleven clean sheets for the U’s.
The stopper is a big part to why Oxford are flying in League One and sit in 6th place, after five games without defeat. This news may prove to be a dent to the U’s promotion hopes.
Karl Robinson has also confirmed that Eastwood will not make the trip with the squad to face Exeter City on Wednesday, with Jack Stevens likely to fill in for the 30-year-old between the posts.
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It is not good news for Oxford supporters as it has now been confirmed that the injury to Eastwood is worse than first feared. With eleven clean sheets to his name, the 30-year-old has been key to his side’s excellent recent form.
22-year-old Jack Stephens may have to come into the side for Oxford’s upcoming games. The young stopper has only made two league appearances previously for the U’s, but has featured twice for the side in the Leasing.com trophy this season.