• Date: Sun 26 December 2010
  • Kick-off: 15:00
  • Venue: Broadhall Way

Stevenage Borough vs Oxford United

Form Guide -

Stevenage Borough

Oxford United

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Stevenage may welcome Joel Byrom back to the squad following a four-month injury lay-off when they host Oxford on Boxing Day.

The midfielder returned to full training last week after recovering from first, a problem to one of his eyes, then a foot injury.

Byrom is now running pain-free and although he is unlikely to start due to a lack of match fitness, the 24-year-old may claim a place on the bench.

Josh Walker is not available after the midfielder was recalled early by parent club Watford.

Darius Charles will be suspended for the clash after he received a straight red card for a rash challenge in Boro's 1-0 defeat to Northampton - just six minutes after he come on the field as a half-time substitute.

Midfielder Darren Murphy and striker Lee Boylan are suffering from ankle and calf injuries respectively and are not expected to be back until the new year.

Oxford boss Chris Wilder will be without the suspended Tom Craddock.

The striker serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 win against Barnet three weeks ago.

Craddock was originally slated to miss the clashes with first Lincoln and then Shrewsbury but both games were postponed due to the weather.

Midfielder Dannie Bulman and defender Laurence Gaughan will be pushing for starting berths after they both signed for the U's this week.

Defensive duo Leigh Franks and Jake Wright are expected to miss out with hamstring and foot injuries respectively, though striker Matt Green, midfielder Asa Hall and defender Ben Purkiss are all in contention.

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