Alex MacDonald: Oxford winger back in training after stay in hospital
Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald could return to action just five days after being admitted to hospital suffering from tonsillitis.
The 26-year-old spent Monday in Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital after missing the Luton at home on Saturday.
"I was very poorly," MacDonald told BBC Radio Oxford. "I was on a drip in hospital and started to see real improvements after that."
MacDonald was also ruled out of Oxford's draw at Newport on Tuesday.
The former Burton and Burnley midfielder hopes to complete a quick recovery in time to face Hartlepool on Saturday as Oxford push for automatic promotion from League Two.
"It's been a weird week," he added. "Not one that I want to revisit anytime soon.
"It's been a tough one, but I'm really looking forward to the weekend. It's been hard to take to sit around and not be involved.
"Hopefully I'm back now and can help the team in some sort of way on Saturday."
Midfielder Callum O'Dowda has also been suffering with the same condition but is expected to be fit to face Hartlepool.
Oxford currently sit third, inside the automatic promotion places on goal difference ahead of fourth-placed Plymouth with three games to play.