Team news and views ahead of Oxford
Neil Cox has admitted that Wimbledon will try and bring Yado Mambo back for another spell with the Dons when the January transfer window opens.
Yado’s three-month loan spell from Charlton Athletic ends after Saturday’s scheduled home match against Oxford United, but it may not be the last that the Dons faithful see of the towering 21-year-old centre-back.
Speaking to Dons Player after today’s training session back at New Malden, Neil Cox said: “He is in our thoughts as he has done very well for us during the last few games. He is going to go back to Charlton and we will have to find out the situation with him. We do not really know yet what they want to do with him, but we will just have to play it by ear. “
The Wimbledon assistant boss added that the club’s management team have been working tirelessly to improve their squad and he hopes that they can do some business early on during January.
“We have been working on it for about a month and a half now and we are still looking,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get new faces in during the early part of January. We have a list of about 50 players that ve have been looking at, but we have not made decisions on them yet as we have not spoken to their clubs. Our ambition is to get a few new players in and try and win some games because that is what we were brought in to do.”
Oxford United are up first though, weather permitting, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday for another crucial League 2 encounter.
Neil Cox added that the players were worked hard during training today to keep them ticking over after a spell without a game.
“We have had a hard training session today, but it is not easy because some of the training pitches are flooded. We are just trying to do as much as we can. I have watched DVDs of Oxford and they have picked up points recently. It is a local derby and because they have just had a game we need to start the match quickly. If we can do that then hopefully we can get three points.”
Byron Harrison (back) is still out for Saturday and Warren Cummings could come into the side with Jim Fenlon serving a one-match suspension for five bookings.
The full video interview with Neil Cox can be viewed on Dons Player and we will tomorrow feature the thoughts of Yado Mambo on his time at AFC Wimbledon and why he would love to come back to the Dons.