Left-back facing spell out injured
Neal Ardley today said that Jack Smith is expected to be out for around two months after he suffered a serious thigh injury in the defeat against Cambridge United on Saturday.
Smith had become the manager’s number one choice at left-back after a string of impressive displays since returning from an early season injury, but the 31-year-old will now be out for a spell, starting with Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Wycombe Wanderers.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Neal Ardley said: “The initial prognosis is that Jack has suffered a grade two tear of his thigh, which is serious. It looks like Jack could be out for a couple of months, which is a big blow because he was in good form. When you look back at it he played five games in two weeks after he had been injured for a while. Maybe it is cumulative fatigue, but we thought he had come through the worst of it and he could kick-on.
“It gives Callum Kennedy and Ben Harrison an opportunity to get back in and show what they are capable of and hopefully during December they will do that. If they don’t take their chances then we will have to look at what we do in January.”
All at AFC Wimbledon wish Jack a speedy recovery in his recuperation from the injury.
Dons Player subscribers can now watch an in-depth interview with Neal Ardley, which includes team news and the manager’s thoughts on Sunday’s FA Cup second round match.