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Jimmy back in contention to face Rovers

Interviews on iFollow ahead of trip to Bristol

16 November 2017

By Chris Slavin

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou is vying for a recall to the AFC Wimbledon team for Saturday's League One match at Bristol Rovers.

The experienced Comoros international (pictured) has returned fit and well after playing for his nation in a 1-1 draw against Madagascar.

Wimbledon will have to do without George Francomb, who is suspended after accumulating five bookings, and assistant manager Neil Cox said that a check will be made on centre-back Will Nightingale after he put a hamstring injury behind him.

Speaking during an update for iFollow from the training ground, Neil said: "Jimmy has come back from international duty fit so it will be good to see him back in the squad. Obviously, it's been difficult for Jimmy because he's gone away twice for internationals, got his place back, and then lost it again. I think he will be raring to go and get a good run of games.

"George has picked up five bookings. He has done brilliantly for us by filling in at left-back and he will be missed. George has done well organising back there, but he has also played a lot of games for the club and he knows what it is all about. It obviously gives someone else a chance. Will has trained today after a bit of a sore hamstring. It's good to see him back, but we will have a look tomorrow to see if he is fit enough to be involved on Saturday."

Wimbledon will on Saturday be aiming for a first win at Bristol Rovers since returning to the Football League and Neil added that the squad will go there in confident mood after getting among the goals against Peterborough United on Sunday.

"It was important for Lyle on a personal front, but it was also important for the team that we scored first," said Neil. "If you look at the stats in this league, you have to score first because most of the teams that do that will win the game. It was good to see Lyle on the score-sheet and getting his mojo back. It was also nice for Cody to score because he had been unlucky. I'm looking forward to Cody scoring goals week after week, I think that's what he has got in him.

"This is the main part of the season now with games coming up thick and fast. We have a few injuries and we are a bit down to the bare bones, but we are focused on what we need to do. We have to do our jobs in the games coming up and we are focused on how we are going to deal with it. It is going to be hard with a busy spell coming up, but the boys are looking forward to kicking on and moving up the table.

"The mood is very good at the moment and the boys want to get ready for the next game. We are only going to worry about the game against Bristol Rovers. We worked really hard this morning on what they (Rovers) are really good at and tomorrow we will work hard on how we are going to create chances."

The full interview with Neil Cox is now on iFollow, along with an interview with Andy Barcham, in which he talks about passing the 100 appearances milestone for AFC Wimbledon.

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