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Captain Deji given green light for Sunderland

An update from Simon Bassey ahead of Saturday's game

23 August 2018

Simon Bassey confirmed that Deji Oshilaja had returned to training today and he's in line to return against Sunderland on Saturday.

The centre-back is poised to be back in the squad and so too is right-back Tennai Watson, who also missed the defeat against Walsall.

Speaking during an in-depth interview for iFollow, Simon said: "Deji will be fine, he just had a bit of a stomach upset over the weekend, so he was high risk for Tuesday. He trained today and so too did Tennai. We have picked up a couple of little knocks that we will have to revisit tomorrow in terms of availability for Saturday.

"The spirit is good, it was a defeat on Tuesday, but the lads took a lot of positives from it. We know that (unfortunate goals conceded) will not happen too often! We will dust ourselves down and move onto fantastic challenges, two that we are really looking forward to. We will go into the two games (Sunderland and West Ham) on the back of a defeat, but in really good form."

Simon, who has been at AFC Wimbledon for all of our 17 seasons since the club was reformed, believes the current squad produced a spell of football on Tuesday that had not been bettered in years. Our first-team coach knows it is a test of their character on Saturday after a first defeat of the season last time out and he expects our supporters to really get behind the team against quality opposition.

"The easiest thing to do is to be a great group when you've won three on the spin," added Simon. "You find out about people when you get beaten, though the manner of defeat was kind of unlucky in a way. If you get goals two and three against you in one season you are unlucky, but to get them in 15 minutes was something else.

"I was really pleased with a lot of aspects of our play. I said in the office after the game that the first-half especially was some of the best football we had played for five or six years. For half an hour in the first-half we were very good, though we probably should have done more in the final third to work the keeper. Some of our approach play was fantastic.

"For every game we play the fans are brilliant. They turn up in their numbers and they are vocal. For the big games, like Liverpool, they are there early and they are noisy in the warm-up. You can feel it is a big game when they are there that early, getting their spot. I am sure they will turn up in their numbers and be a credit to the club."

Watch the full interview on iFollow by clicking on the link above. It includes an update from Simon on the management's search for a fourth striker.


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