Neil Cox provides an update for Dons Player
Neil Cox confirmed that goalkeeper Kelle Roos has returned to full training and he is fine to be included in the Wimbledon squad to take on Crawley Town.
Roos (pictured) missed training earlier this week, but he was back involved today and Cox added that the squad is shaping up well for another important match in the race for a play-off spot.
Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Neil Cox said: “Kelle had a day off during the week with a little bit of a side strain, but he has been fine. He’s been back in training today with no problem and has had a full session so he will be raring to go for Saturday.
“Everyone trained well today, they are fit and strong. We don’t know what side we are going to pick yet, but we have a full squad to pick from, which is the main thing. This week has been really good in training. The boys have worked really hard, but they have enjoyed it and they’ve had smiles on their faces. After a difficult couple of away games with a little bit of travelling, they have come back in good spirits.
“If you look at the options we have on the bench it shows we are strong. Our aim at the start of this season was to try and keep as many players fit as possible and have a good squad. That’s what we’ve got. In the last game Bayo came on and scored, Ade caused problems, and Sean Rigg did a good job down the left, even though he only came on late. It’s a squad game now. It’s not just about the 11, it is about the substitutes too and making sure they are ready to go. There are six games to go and they will all get their chances.”
Wimbledon’s assistant manager says the squad are relishing the run-in with a play-off place up for grabs – and it’s all a far cry from his first season with the club and that dramatic final-day survival.
“The pressure at the bottom end is really difficult,” added Neil. “But the boys are enjoying this kind of pressure and they cannot wait for the next game. They are focused now on doing a job against Crawley. Everybody expects us to win, but it’s going to be really difficult because Crawley are a good side. They will defend well and try and catch us on the break.
“It’s up to us to be safe at the back and wait for our chances to come. We know that we have some good players and the chances will come, even if it takes someone to come off the bench and score the winner in the last minute.”
The full five-minute update from Neil Cox is now on Dons Player, along with an interview with 18-goal top scorer Lyle Taylor.