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Dons to check on Terell’s fitness ahead of Coventry match

An update from Neil Cox before Wimbledon's first home game of 2018/19

9 August 2018

Neil Cox reported that AFC Wimbledon head into Saturday's first home match of the new season in good shape with only one player doubtful for the squad to face Coventry.

Defender Terell Thomas has suffered a dead leg in the build-up, but Neil is hopeful that he will be fit enough to be considered for his debut.

And Wimbledon's assistant manager said that morale is high among a new-look squad after that impressive opening day win at Fleetwood.

Speaking during an interview for iFollow, Neil said: "Everybody is fit, apart from Terell, who has a bit of a dead leg and we are hoping that he will be fit for the squad. There is a new wave of players that have come in and players are getting to know each other. They are laughing and joking and everybody is being made to feel welcome. That's the best thing about this football club. We all know about this club and the togetherness here and I think the new boys have taken that on board.

"The new boys have come in and they've trained really well. Overall, we’ve done a lot more this year, we've worked them a little bit harder during pre-season. With new faces coming in, the tactics have changed a little bit and we've had to go over a lot of stuff that they didn't know. It has been interesting and the boys have taken it all on really well, but we want them to do what we expect at this football club and get used to how we want to play. They've all played in different ways at different clubs and we want them to get used to what we do as a team. It's all about the team and not individuals."

Despite an opening day defeat for Coventry at home to Scunthorpe United, Neil added that he's expecting a very tough game against a side that Mark Robins led to promotion via the play-offs last season.

"We put in a good performance and the boys dug in to earn a great win at Fleetwood," said Neil. "But this is where we want to be, at home, and the boys are really looking forward to it. If you look at the Coventry versus Scunthorpe game, a draw would have been a fair result and it was just that Scunthorpe took their chances. Coventry have made one or two additions and it's their first away game of the season, so they will have good support.

"It will be a tough game for us. They got promoted via the play-offs and there is that feel-good factor, but it's never easy as you get a shorter period of time off. They have probably only had three or four weeks of pre-season and may be lacking a little bit of fitness, but I am sure they will do really well this season. Coventry are a great club and I'm sure they will want to keep pushing on."

The full update from Neil Cox is now on iFollow and look out tomorrow for an interview with Scott Wagstaff.

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