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Liam Trotter included in squad to face Wycombe

New signing set for run-out at Adams Park

24 July 2017

New signing Liam Trotter is ready for match action and he could get his first minutes for AFC Wimbledon at Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow night (7.45 pm kick-off).

Liam, who is pictured playing for Bolton against the Dons last season - a game in which he scored - became the club's seventh summer signing on Friday.

During an interview for our iFollow channel, assistant manager Neil Cox updated us with the latest team news and provided an insight into how the squad will approach tomorrow's game.

"Liam is raring to go and he will come into the squad of 17," said Neil. "Liam has looked sharp in training and he knows a few of the boys already so he has settled in well. Tom Soares has just come back into training today so he will not be involved. Jon Meades will not play as he has been struggling a bit with a knock. We will have to see how he is in the next five or six days. Lyle Taylor will be included in the squad, he is ready to go.

"It is going to be a tough test tomorrow. Wycombe play at a high tempo, which we want them to do against us to see if we can get our passing game going. We are shaping up well. We've set our stall out with how we are going to play and the boys have taken it on board. We've worked really hard on pressing, closing people down, and being better on the ball. In the two games so far, we've done it quite well. Tomorrow will be a bit different as they will press us on a narrow pitch and it will be a good test for us.

"We will probably stick with the same formation for now. There are other formations we can play, but we've just been concentrating on one. We've just been trying something in pre-season and this will probably be the last game we will do it. Then we have two games over the weekend and we will mix up the teams to get minutes for everyone."

Tomorrow's match will have added significance with Bayo Akinfenwa likely to be in opposition for the first time since he left AFC Wimbledon.

"Bayo is back and the players will be looking forward to playing against him," added Neil. "It will be a nice to see him. He had a really good season with Wycombe, but I hope he doesn't score tomorrow night! He is just a good character who leads by example (during his time here). He wanted to play every week and he got himself ready to play every week. Bayo was great around the place, not only with the senior boys, but with the kids too."

The full update from Neil Cox is now on our iFollow channel, along with interviews with Paul Robinson and Deji Oshilaja.

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