Rangers loanee Brandon Barker went down only five minutes into Oxford United’s eventual 4-1 win over Shrewsbury with “what looked like a knee problem”.

That’s according to the official Oxford United website, who made the comments in their match report for the game.

With Barker, 24, finding form at the League One club any injury has come at a particularly frustrating time for the talented wide player.

Barker has had a run in the team at Oxford and has impressed with the English third-tier side, even scoring a goal after a run from his own half in the 6-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

Such has been the influence of Barker since joining the ranks at the Kassam Stadium, the winger was driving the club’s play-off push with Oxford hoping to have a late stab at Championship promotion.

Losing Barker for any length of time would be a sizeable blow to their chances but the winger’s early substitution did little to dampen their endeavour against the Shrews.

Robert Atkinson and Elliot Lee had the U’s 2-0 up in the first half before Harry Chapman pulled one back for Shrewsbury not long after the restart.

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Brandon Barker has made 17 league appearances for Oxford, scoring three goals and laying on four assists. The Rangers winger went down only five minutes into the club’s latest match with a suspected “knee problem”. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Matt Taylor and Sam Long put some gloss on the victory with Oxford United now occupying seventh place in EFL League One, three points from a playoff place.

Barker’s form has been so good south of the border than the English club’s fans have appealed for Oxford United to sign the ex-Man City youth permanently.

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