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24 October 2013

An update from Simon Bassey

both returned to first-team training today after extended spells out through injury.Charlie Sheringhamand Andy Frampton 

said that centre-back Frampton will be assessed tomorrow as regards a possible return for Saturday’s home match against Oxford after three weeks out due to a back injury, while Sheringham has stepped up his training after being sidelined since August with an ankle injury.Simon BasseyFirst-team coach

, Simon said: “Andy has trained today and we will see how he feels tomorrow. All the signs so far are positive. If there is any chance of Andy being fit to play, then I am sure he will make himself available for selection.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“It has been a bit stop-start for Charlie since he joined us, but he may be able to play soon in an Under-21 match and if we can get some games into him, then hopefully he will be in the first-team set-up in two or three weeks. Anyone who watches training can see that he is technically very good and I am sure he will score goals at this level. I have no doubt about that. Once he scores one goal I think that he will go on to get a lot more for us.”

Wimbledon’s players have certainly clocked up the miles recently with away trips to Morecambe and Hartlepool during the past week and some members of the squad were unable to attend training today after a crash on the M25 in Kent caused severe delays.

However, Simon added that there will be no excuses for Oxford on Saturday as there will have been enough time to prepare the players.

“Some of the players never got in until 6.00 am on Wednesday morning and today was all about getting good food and protein into them, resting their bodies, and counting how many are ready to go again on Saturday,” said Simon. “Weak people look for excuses and the mentally strong just get on with it. We do not make excuses; we have had sufficient recovery now. We will go again in training tomorrow and we will set our team up for the game on Saturday. We will fully approach it in the manner of attempting to get the three points.”

Dons Player subscribers can now watch the full video interview with Simon Bassey and we will feature more of his thoughts on the official website tomorrow. An interview with Charlie Strutton and Rhys Weston will appear on our premium site tomorrow.

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