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Joe Pigott in contention to face Charlton on Tuesday night

Full interview with Neal now on iFollow

9 April 2018

Neal Ardley expects Joe Pigott to be back in the reckoning for Wimbledon's important League One match against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

The striker (pictured) has shaken off a bout of concussion by getting two full training sessions under his belt and that has put Joe in contention to face the club where he started his career.

Darius Charles is also back in the mix after recovering from a hip injury and he could add valuable experience to the squad.

Speaking during an interview for iFollow, Neal said: "Joe and Darius trained today, so we are hopeful that they can come back into contention for the squad now. Joe did work on Thursday and Friday, but he trained properly on Saturday with Reevesy and then he has trained today. He has got through two bits of training, we pushed him hard on Saturday, and he certainly comes back into the reckoning."

Neal added that there are no fresh injury concerns for tomorrow night's South London derby and the manager heads into the game encouraged by his side's display against Scunthorpe.

"Everyone who played on Saturday seems to be okay," said Neal. "It is just about their recovery and making sure that they have got their energy levels up to what is needed. Fingers-crossed, if we can just keep everyone who is fit now in shape, we will give ourselves a better chance of being able to get through these three games this week and have a positive output in our performances.

"It would have been easy to be deflated at the end of Saturday's game. For 85 minutes we did everything right against a good team. You always go out with the intention of being on the front foot. No manager sends out their team to defend, they send them out to take the game to the opposition. The flow of the game sometimes turns and the opposition start a bit quicker and are more assured than you. Charlton are very much a footballing team, they get it down and play, but we have to try to get our own game going and be positive."

The full interview with Neal is available to watch on our iFollow channel.

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