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Neal's update for York

7 March 2013

Wimbledon boss waits on Neil Sullivan's situation

Neal Ardley is awaiting news from Doncaster Rovers before selecting a starting 11 for York City with the possibility of goalkeeper Neil Sullivan being recalled by his club.

League 1 leaders Doncaster may exercise the call-back option on Sullivan’s Wimbledon loan because their number one goalkeeper Gary Woods is doubtful for their match against Bournemouth.

Speaking to Dons Player, Neal Ardley said: “We are monitoring the situation with Neil as Doncaster may have a problem with their goalkeeper, who is going for a scan. Though we have Neil until the end of the season, there is an option for Doncaster to call him back. He was due to come here for training today, but he has had to stay up there. We just have to wait until we know what the situation is.”

The Wimbledon manager is hopeful that Jonathan Meades will be fit enough to return from a foot injury against York on Saturday after the full-back returned to training today.

“Jonathan has come through a bit of intensive treatment,” Neal added. “He did some running yesterday and has done a little bit of everything today. We are hopeful that if he comes through training tomorrow, then he will be available for selection.”

Charlie Strutton and Kevin Sainte-Luce both boosted their fitness levels in the midweek Surrey Senior Cup tie at Chipstead and Neal Ardley says he would now have no qualms about starting the pair if required.

“Charlie came through 90 minutes and Kevin came through an hour so it had edged them closer,” the Wimbledon manager added. “We now feel that if one or two are needed from the beginning then they are close enough to put them straight in. Curtis Osano is doubtful as his calf has stiffened up a bit after Tuesday.”

Dons Player subscribers can now watch the full video interview with Neal Ardley, which includes the Wimbledon manager’s thoughts on facing York for a fourth time this season.

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