Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has once again been speaking about the possibility of dipping into the free agent market after the latest injury setback to on-loan Derby County midfielder George Thorne.
Thorne is due to have an operation on a dislocated shoulder and ligament damage which will keep him sidelined for three months. It is the latest injury setback for the twenty-six-year-old who’s already suffered two ACL injuries and a broken leg during an injury-ravaged career.
The U’s head coach is also likely to be without the services of James Hanson until December after he picked a hamstring injury last month, leaving the U’s boss seriously short of cover.
Robinson’s threadbare squad is facing a busy fixture schedule between now and the opening of the transfer window which could see the U’s play twenty-one matches before the turn of the year, leaving the free agent market the only solution to his problem.
Speaking to the Whitney Gazette, Robinson had this to say: ‘There’s a lot of games to be played between now and Christmas and I think it’s important we do have a look at that.’
‘We do have one or two ideas of someone we can fill that role with.’
‘I think the owner (Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth) knows there’s a void to be filled.’
With this in mind, we took a look at the list players currently without a club and have come up with four possible targets that Robinson might want to consider to solve his lack of midfield cover.