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Neal to check on Robbo before naming squad for Blackburn

Manager's update for iFollow, ahead of Saturday's trip to Lancashire

14 September 2017

Neal Ardley said that Paul Robinson will be assessed ahead of the Blackburn game on Saturday.

The experienced centre-back missed the draw against Gillingham due to a head injury sustained against Portsmouth, but he has made good progress since.

Speaking during an interview for our iFollow channel, Neal said: “We’ve not had too much come out of Tuesday’s match that has been negative, in terms of injuries. Paul Robinson did an initial individual test on training and Stuart Douglas will follow that up with a sort of mental type brain test. I think it is called a SCAT test. We had a neurologist look at Paul on Tuesday and he was given the all-clear medically. If he can come through tomorrow, he may be in with a chance of being back involved, but we will have a look at that tomorrow.”

Midfielder Jimmy Abdou serves the final game of his three-match suspension after his sending off at Blackpool earlier this month.

Neal is looking forward to taking on Blackburn this Saturday – almost 25 years since he scored in a Premier League match against Rovers!

Click on the link below for a clip of Neal reminiscing about that previous match and our manager also talks optimistically about the future after almost five years in charge at AFC Wimbledon. 

Neal felt that Tuesday’s performance against Gillingham included lots of positives and he hopes the team can really build on it at Ewood Park on Saturday.

“As a manager, you feel defeats probably more than anyone at the club,” said Neal. “I had a tough weekend and a lot of searching goes on. I’ve been in some tough positions since I’ve been at the club, in particular during the first season. I had a good look and I’d probably tried to change too much, too soon.

“Maybe I’d worked too much on processes of our build-up play, rather than looking into how we are going to score goals. It’s not quite had the pace that we needed it to, but on Tuesday night I thought that it did. We need to replicate that on Saturday, albeit against a very good team. I felt it was our best performance of the season on Tuesday and we had that bit of spark back. Our intensity was good all over the pitch.”

The full update from Neal, along with an interview with Lyle Taylor, is now on iFollow.

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