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Barcham fit to take on Charlton in FA Cup tie

Neil Cox interviewed ahead of second round match

1 December 2017

Andy Barcham is ready to be pitched back in for Sunday's FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic after he shrugged off the knee injury that forced him off against Walsall.

Neil Cox confirmed in an interview for iFollow that Wimbledon's speedy winger (pictured) is fit to be included in the squad to face League One high flyers Charlton. Callum Kennedy is also vying for a recall after a back injury.

"We rested Barchy for a couple of days, but he has come back and trained today," said Neil. "He has been his usual self: taking people on, crossing it, and having a good time in training. Callum has done really well. He's had a bad back, but he's managed to get himself fit. Callum has worked really hard to be fair after being unlucky not to be in the side. Now he has to work hard to be back in the team."

Neil added that the whole squad are raring to go for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie, which comes with the incentive of securing a place in the third round of the competition – and a potential meeting with one of the Premier League elite.

The Dons were narrowly beaten in October by Sunday's opponents and Neil believes the players can take confidence from running them close on that occasion.

"They will be coming here expecting to win," said Neil. "Nobody really wants a draw in this competition because there are so many games to play. We will go for it, we will try to win the game, and we will be positive, like we have been in the last few weeks. I'm sure it will be an interesting game. It is a big London derby, this is the FA Cup, and we all know what can come after this. You never know what it could bring, it could be Man United, Liverpool, or Arsenal, at home.

"We went to Charlton earlier this season and we got beat 1-0, but we had a few chances on the day. We were probably the better side away from home. Our boys cannot wait for this. They've worked hard all week to be ready for the FA Cup because they like to play in this competition. If we get the fans behind us and there is a good atmosphere, we can get into the next round.

"It does not matter how old you are. If you are Barry Fuller or one of the younger lads, you want to play in the FA Cup. You get a little bit of attention on television and there's a chance of playing against a big team. Luckily, I have been to a final in it and I got to a couple of semi-finals as a player. We need to make sure we are up for it. We need the fans to give us as much support as they can and hopefully we can get into the third round."

The update from Neil Cox and an interview with George Francomb are both on iFollow.

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