Patrick Hoban: Oxford United signing damages ankle ligaments

Pat Hoban and Howard Beverland
Patrick Hoban (left) scored 34 goals in 30 appearances for League of Ireland side Dundalk

New Oxford United signing Patrick Hoban could be sidelined until February after damaging ankle ligaments in training.

The 23-year-old striker joined the club on a free transfer from Irish side Dundalk last month but was not eligible to play for Oxford until 1 January.

Head coach Michael Appleton told the club website:external-link "We all feel for Patrick.

"He has settled in really well. He just went up for a header and came down on his ankle. There was nobody near him, it was just one of those things."

Hoban, who was released by Bristol City in 2011 without making a senior appearance for the Robins, turned down a trial at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock before joining Oxford.

Appleton added: "He's a strong lad and will come back fit and raring to go but for now we just have to wait and see how that injury settles down."

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