CAMERON Brannagan has made a surprise return to the Oxford United starting line-up this afternoon.

The midfielder has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury against Rochdale seven weeks ago.

U’s head coach Karl Robinson suggested in midweek today’s game against Milton Keynes Dons would come too soon for Brannagan.

But the former Liverpool trainee has been passed fit.

Robinson said: “Cameron ticked all the boxes on Tuesday but was still feeling it.

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“Then all of a sudden on Thursday he trained and said it was all right.

“We ticked some more boxes yesterday and was good.

“It’s better news and we’re really pleased with how the last 48 hours has gone.”

Shandon Baptiste also makes the bench after three weeks out, but James Henry does not make the squad.

Robinson said: “If this game was on Sunday he would have probably made it.

“But it would have been a risk and we weren’t willing to take it.”

Oxford Utd (4-3-3): Archer, Cadden, Dickie, Mousinho, Ruffels, Gorrin, Sykes, Brannagan, Hall, Taylor, Fosu.

Unused subs: Stevens, Long, Moore, Jones, Baptiste, Agyei, Mackie.