Football - Kitson still out

Oxford will be without experienced striker Dave Kitson once more for the clash with Newport.

The former Reading forward missed their 2-0 home loss to Scunthorpe after picking up his 10th yellow card of the campaign and he will now sit out the second of his two-game ban so Deane Smalley could continue alongside James Constable.

But manager Chris Wilder looks set to recall Michael Raynes to his defence for the clash with the Exiles and he could swap to a three-man defence as they look to get back to winning ways.

Injured trio Alfie Potter, Jon Meades and Andy Whing remain sidelined until February while Asa Hall could start the last match of his loan stay from Shrewsbury.