Defensive pair are back in the reckoning
will both be handed first-team recalls for tomorrow’s Morecambe match.Will Antwi and Curtis OsanoNeal Ardley has confirmed that
return from injury.Pim Balkestein’s is also away on international duty and tomorrow with come too soon for Kelly Youga out due to his commitments with Wales Under-21s tonight, while Jonanthan MeadesSpeaking to Dons Player, the Wimbledon manager says the defensive pair will be back in the frame earlier than planned due to injuries and unavailability. Neal Ardley has ruled
Neal Ardley said: “Will and Curtis will come straight back into the squad. With the players we have missing we have no other option. We would normally wait longer to get players back into the swing of things, but I know that the pair of them will certainly be up for a fight because they have had enough time watching from the sidelines.”
Curtis (pictured) has not had a run-out since the Surrey Cup tie at Chipstead earlier this month, but he took a full part in training today, along with Will, who has not featured for the first-team since 12 January against Wycombe Wanderers.
Neal Ardley added that he expects Jonathan Meades to start tonight’s Wales Under-21s match against Moldova so the on-loan Bournemouth man will not feature in Wimbledon’s squad tomorrow.
stay at Wimbledon is likely to be extended though.Jesse Darko’s is ruled out with a foot injury and the Wimbledon manager says he has still to make a decision on whether to extend the Brighton winger’s loan, which is due to expire tomorrow.Brennan Dickenson
“It looks like Brennan’s injury could keep him out for between 10 days and two weeks so that could mean he misses four out of our last seven games,” Neal added. “That may be a big ask to lose him for that long. I will have a chat with Mike Rayner and Brennan before we make a decision.
“Jesse’s loan is also up, but it can be renewed as I have spoken to Cardiff about it. He took two or three weeks to get his fitness up to the levels required for League 2 after moving up from Under-21 football, but I think he has done okay in his recent substitute appearances. I know Jesse and he can be a real handful once he gets his fitness levels up. Jesse still has a big part to play for us.”
Dons Player subscribers can watch a full video interview with Neal Ardley later this afternoon and we will also feature more of Neal’s thoughts on tomorrow’s Morecambe clash on the official website.