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Deji a doubt for Plymouth

13 April 2015

Update ahead of League 2 match

Neal Ardley will check on defender Deji Oshilaja before naming his squad for tomorrow’s League 2 match at Plymouth Argyle.

Oshilaja (pictured) was stretchered off during the match against Oxford after crashing to the ground head first, but scans have shown no damage to his neck or spine after precautionary checks in hospital on Saturday evening. However, Neal Ardley indicated that it will be up to the player himself if he feels he can do a job for the team at Home Park.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Neal Ardley said: “Deji is a little bit stiff and mentally he has got to feel comfortable enough to play. Scans showed that everything was fine with his neck and his spine. However, he has some tenderness in and around the back of his head and neck. Deji is one of those players who is athletic and agile in his style of play. If he feels that it will affect him and he cannot do a job for the team in a tough game then he will let us know tomorrow.

“It may be touch and go. Stuart Douglas feels that he can do what we need with no repercussions or danger, but if Deji does not feel that way then we will have to accept it and move on. We will know that tomorrow.”

The Wimbledon manager added that winger Alfie Potter will be ruled out and Jack Smith is also doubtful after Saturday.

“Alfie felt his groin a little bit in the warm-up on Saturday and he felt it again in training today,” said Neal. “We are a little bit low on numbers. Jack Smith battled on for us on Saturday in the second half even though his groin was tight. It is at that stage of the season when you need to manage playing games on a Saturday and a Tuesday and see if you can still pick-up results.”

 The interview with Neal Ardley is now on Dons Player and a full preview of the Plymouth match will feature on the official website tomorrow. 

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