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Antwi fit for Newport clash

24 February 2014

Defender back in the frame for trip to Rodney Parade

Will Antwi today returned to full training after shaking off a hamstring injury and the experienced defender is back in contention for tomorrow night’s trip to Newport County.

Antwi (pictured) missed the defeat against Bury on Saturday, but he is likely to be back in Wimbledon’s squad for the rescheduled match at Rodney Parade.

Speaking to Dons Player, assistant manager Neil Cox said: “It’s good to see Will back and we’re now getting close to a fully fit squad. One or two of the players got knocks on Saturday, but we won’t know until tomorrow whether they can play or not.

“We’ve obviously done our homework on Newport because we’ve been ready to go there twice. We know their strengths and they are a strong, hard-working team. On their pitch, it’s going to be difficult, but we need to go there and roll our sleeves up for a battle. When we get the ball we will try and pass it. We want to try and play like we did at Portsmouth. We need to make our own luck in the box though and if we can keep creating chances then hopefully we can start taking them.”

Neil believes that new loan signing Michael Collins will have plenty more to offer in the coming weeks after his home debut on Saturday.

“It was a good home performance from Michael for his first game,” Neil added. “Michael only started training with us on Thursday after a five-and-a-half hour journey from up north so you have to give him a bit of credit. He joined in and got forward, which is what we wanted him to do. I think there will be a bit more to come from him.

“Michael’s a midfielder capable of scoring goals, but he’s an experienced professional too and he knows the game well. In a couple of weeks when he is back to full match fitness then Michael will be a good signing for the rest of this season.”

.Dons reunited  for Simon Bassey’s tribute to those players, which we featured before the match was postponed earlier this month. To read what Luke Moore had to say about meeting his old team-mates, click on Former DonsOf course, several former Dons could be in opposition tomorrow night for Newport County. Christian Jolley, Lee Minshull, Max Porter, Ryan Jackson and Ismail Yakubu all wore the blue and yellow in previous years. Click on 

 Dons Player subscribers can watch the video interview with Neil Cox on our premium site. 

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