ROB Dickie will make his Oxford United bow in the next week, but Cameron Brannagan may have to wait a little longer for his debut.

The U’s paid fees to bring both players in during the January transfer window, but neither has featured yet.

While an ankle injury has sidelined Brannagan, Dickie has been an unused substitute in the last four Sky Bet League One games.

United have conceded six goals in that time, with Derek Fazackerley admitting defensive mistakes were something they needed to seriously look at after the 3-2 win at Charlton last weekend.

The caretaker manager has Dickie in his plans, although a first appearance may be delayed until next week, rather than against Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Fazackerley said: “I’ve spoken to Rob this week and he’s champing at the bit to get in the team.

“I’ve said we’ve got three games in eight days and at some point he will get an appearance.

“Of course he sits there and watches the same game as me and must be a little frustrated he’s not had an opportunity yet.

“But he’s been fantastic on the training field, he’s diligent and really professional in the way he goes about things.

“There’s no doubt the lad will play some part in the next three games.

“Whether one will be this weekend I’m not sure, I have one or two things to look at.

“One is certainly how Bristol Rovers play and who it will suit the most.”

As for Brannagan, the midfielder is now back in training, but the trip to Northampton Town on Feburary 24 is the more likely return date.

Fazackerley said: “Cameron’s injury is much improved and the bruising has now gone away from his ankle.

“Possibly he’ll be available for Plymouth (next weekend), but more realistically the game after that.”