Burton Albion striker Justin Richards set for Oxford switch
JUSTIN Richards is set to join Oxford United on a month's loan today, subject to paperwork being completed.
The out-of-favour Burton Albion striker has been a fixture on the bench for the Brewers this season.
He has scored only one goal, in the 6-2 home win over Wimbledon in August.
Richards has slipped down the pecking order, with Calvin Zola being recognised as the club's first-choice striker, whether they are playing 4-4-2 or 4-5-1.
When two have been played up front, first Matt Paterson and, now that he has regained match fitness, Billy Kee, have been preferred ahead of Richards.
The 32-year-old is on a two-year contract at Burton which ends in the summer.
Oxford have found themselves without their main striker, James Constable, for a spell after his appeal against a red card was rejected, leaving him with a four-match ban.
"Justin has not had an awful lot of opportunities lately and this will, hopefully, do him some good and give him the chance get some games," said manager Gary Rowett.