Oakley out of Saints opener
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Oakley has been on the comeback trail after missing the bulk of the last campaign with a serious knee injury.
The 26-year-old recently marked his first appearance for Saints since last September by scoring in the pre-season friendly against Blauweiss Linz.
But he aggravated his knee injury on the club's trip to Sweden when he was hurt in the meeting with Asebro.
He has now been scratched from Sturrock's plans for the club's opening game of the Premiership season against Aston Villa on August 14.
Sturrock has lamented the fresh setback for Oakley as he feels the long-serving Saint offers him a different option in midfield.
"Matt is an important player," commented Sturrock.
"He gives us something different because he can pass the ball so well."