CRAIG Short does not expect Karl Robinson’s absence to disrupt Oxford United tonight.

The U’s head coach misses the clash with Shrewsbury Town as he waits for the result of a PCR test, following a positive lateral flow test yesterday.

Robinson will watch the game from home and issue instructions via phone, with assistant manager Short and club captain John Mousinho in the dugout.

The U’s boss has been absent from the bench before due to touchline bans and his No 2 insists it is almost business as usual.

Short said: “On Monday he didn’t even get in the building, we saw him take the test in the car.

“We had to scramble around and delayed training a little bit, but the players adapt.

“He’s been on the phone a couple of times today, he didn’t sound well at all.

“As everyone knows he came and did a test and he’s been retested, so he’s doing it from home in Milton Keynes.

“With his ban (last season) we were getting instructions and we were in empty stadiums.

“Leon Blackmore-Such will be on the phone getting instructions.

“Sometimes Karl sits on the bench anyway and lets us stand out there.

“It’s not a new experience to me, I’ve done it before.

“I’ve got a lot of experience behind me on the bench and Karl in the background with the phone.”