DEREK Fazackerley will assess the Oxford United players linked with moves away this week before making a decision on their readiness to play at the Valley today.

The futures of Simon Eastwood, Ryan Ledson and Joe Rothwell were in the balance until the transfer window closed on Wednesday night.

It could easily have proved a distraction, although Fazackerley, taking charge of his first Sky Bet League One game as caretaker boss, is confident they will have refocused on the job in hand at Charlton Athletic.

“I would hope so,” he said.

“Those are big decisions to make, but I would assume the players will be as professional over the next three months as they have been over the last three years that I’ve been here at this club.

“If that’s the case then everything’s fine, we’ll work hard together and try to achieve the results we want to push this club forward.”

Having the trio still at the club was the main headline from the end of the window.

Skipper John Mousinho said: “It’s a massive positive we’ve managed to keep hold of players, whereas in previous transfer windows they have moved on.

“The boys have got on with it and played, so there are no issues.

“It’s healthy, players have the right to have their ambitions and want to better themselves, but we haven’t got anyone like Riyad Mahrez coming in saying they’re depressed about not getting a move.”

United and Charlton were both without a game last weekend.

While a waterlogged pitch at Blackpool left the Addicks frustrated, the postponement of the U’s game due to Wigan Athletic’s Emirates FA Cup run came at a good time.

Fazackerley has had ten days to work with the players in the wake of Pep Clotet’s sacking.

He said: “It was an advantage not to have to play last Saturday.

“It gave an opportunity for the injured players to get out of the treatment room, but also for the players to settle down and get used to the fact there’s somebody else in charge.

“Hopefully we can concentrate on the football and pick a team against a Charlton side who have done well.

“It’s a difficult game but one you look forward to because you know it’s going to be a decent contest.”