Alessandra returns for Argyle
Plymouth have been handed an injury boost with the news that Lewis Alessandra has returned to training ahead of the vital clash with Oxford.
The 12-goal striker has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last three weeks, a spell which saw the Pilgrims win just once, but he looks set to return to action at Home Park.
Argyle are also likely to include Luke Young in their line-up when they tackle a U's side one point above them in the battle for the play-offs. Young was given a rest by manager John Sheridan for Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over Newport while Nathan Thomas will hope to keep his place after an impressive full debut.
Defender Matt Parsons remains sidelined with a thigh problem while goalkeeper Luke McCormick is unlikely to play again this season.
Gary Waddock will assess the fitness of two Oxford players as he looks for his first win in charge.
Sam Long has been suffering with a sickness bug and the 19-year-old is a doubt for the clash while Andy Whing's groin injury will be assessed in the build-up to kick-off.
Meanwhile experienced striker Dave Kitson is pushing for a start having returned to action as a substitute against Fleetwood last Saturday after shaking off a hamstring problem.
The U's are one point above the Pilgrims and just one below the League Two play-off spots.