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Dons to check on fitness of Darius ahead of Peterborough

Update from Neil Cox before Wimbledon's next League One match

22 February 2018

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Rob Cornell

AFC Wimbledon will assess the fitness of defender Darius Charles with a trip to Peterborough up next on Saturday.

"We're just waiting to see how Darius is," said Assistant Manager Neil Cox, in an update from the training ground for our premium iFollow Dons channel. "He came off with a bit of a sore hip in the win over Bristol Rovers, but we'll see if he trains tomorrow."

There was better news concerning fellow centre-back Will Nightingale though, who had been ruled out for several weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

"Will Nightingale is back in training," added Neil ahead of the game at the ABAX Stadium. "This is good for everybody, because he has been a big loss for us."

Albanian prospect Egli Kaja has also played his way into contention for the Dons and will travel with the squad this weekend. He notched an impressive goal for the development side in a midweek behind-closed-doors match against Peterborough.

"Everybody else is fine and training well. The under-23s had a game the other day against Peterborough and Egli Kaja did really well. It was a good performance from him. He'll be in the squad.

"We sent a lot of the youth team players from the Academy over to play and it was a difficult game for them, but Alan Reeves said one or two of the players stood out."

After young left-back Tom Scott travelled with the squad for the victory at Bradford recently in order to gain experience, Neil also revealed versatile Academy centre-back Osaze Urhoghide is training with the first team squad.

"Osaze is now training with the first-team regularly, he's been pushed up, and we're seeing a little bit of progress every week with him. That's good for us that other academy players are coming through."

Despite the euphoric scenes after last Saturday's dramatic, last-gasp victory over Bristol Rovers, Neil and the squad know there's still plenty of work to do.

"We don't get carried away. We know we've got thirteen big games to come – thirteen cup finals. We set our stall out last week to get a result and I thought the boys did really well and carried out the game-plan."

The full interview with AFC Wimbledon Assistant Manager Neil Cox is available to subscribers on our iFollow Dons video platform and a more comprehensive preview will feature on our website tomorrow.

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