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1 October 2012

The latest news from Simon

Simon Bassey confirmed that Stacy Long has not recovered from a foot injury in time to make tomorrow night’s trip to Oxford United.


Stacy has made good progress from the injury that he suffered against Wycombe Wanderers, but he is not ready to return to the Dons midfield.


However, Jack Midson returns to the squad after suspension and our caretaker boss believes he will offer a potent attacking weapon against his old club.


Speaking to Dons Player, Simon said: “We have got Jack back after three games and that is a boost to the squad. He gives us a great work ethic and a potent threat of goals. Jack plays how he does irrespective of who we are playing against. He is not one of those players who just tries harder because he is playing against his old club. He is a talented player and if we feel right to play him tomorrow then he will give us 100 per cent I am sure. If he does score against Oxford then he will enjoy that.”


The Dons will face an Oxford side desperate to end a six-match losing sequence, but Simon believes that under-pressure manager Chris Wilder will turn it around. However, Simon says Wimbledon must look to take the game to Oxford on their own patch.


“We must aim to seize our opportunities,” added Simon. “It may be a good time to go to Oxford as their results have not been great. Chris is a great manager and I am sure he will get it right. But we need to get back on the points trail. We have to go there and be positive and look to get on the front foot against them.”


As reported earlier today, loan signing Yado Mambo comes straight into the squad with defenders Dale Bennett, Mat Mitchel-King and Pim Balkestein all injured.


Visit Dons Player to watch the full video interview with Simon.

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