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Neal to assess midfield pair before Shrewsbury

Manager's update on iFollow

10 August 2017

Neal Ardley said that he will check on the fitness of Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter, before selecting his squad to face Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Jimmy (ankle) and Liam (knee) both missed the Carabao Cup tie against Brentford on Tuesday and they have today been working on their fitness with physio Stuart Douglas.

Speaking during an interview on iFollow, Neal said: "We've not get any clear update today. They have both been working with Stuart and that will tell us where they are. If they come through that, they will join in training tomorrow. If they are okay in the first part of training, before we name the team, then we will know if they are good to go or not. It will be a late shout with players like that.

"Obviously, with the amount of boys who played 120 minutes, we need, as much as possible, to bring in one or two who didn't do that. That will help. We have a few players carrying things. Kwesi had an ongoing groin problem throughout pre-season and we are trying to work through it. It does hinder some of the stuff that they can do and how much we can use them. We need to stick with everybody and give them the support we can. We want to come through this part of the season and get as many points as we can."

Neal added that the spirit in the squad is high as Wimbledon seek a first victory of the season against a Shrewsbury side who got a first win on the board on the opening day by beating Northampton.

"Mentally, the boys are in really good spirits," added Neal. "I am really glad that the two performances have had loads of positives, so that they can believe in a lot of the stuff we are trying to do. Physically, it is slightly different. At this stage of the season, we will carry a little bit of the 120 minutes from the other night into Friday, maybe Saturday. That is going to be a little harder to shake-off, but generally, we are in decent shape. Obviously, we wanted to go through in the cup, but we've had a decent week as far as our performances go. We want to continue that and get a result at the weekend."

The full interview on iFollow also includes an update from Neal on his search to improve the squad, ahead of the transfer deadline. Dean Parrett also talks his aims for 2017/18 after starting his second season with AFC Wimbledon.

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