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Neal to check on Barry Fuller’s fitness ahead of Wembley

Manager's pre-match interview for iFollow

5 January 2018

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Barry Fuller's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared and Neal Ardley will give him every chance of making the squad for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Jon Meades has also recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the win against Southend United and Cody McDonald has been given the all-clear after being troubled by a foot injury in recent weeks.

Speaking during an in-depth interview for iFollow ahead of the trip to Wembley, Neal said: "Cody has trained and he is fine. Jon Meades has also joined in after missing the Southend game and he looks like he will be in contention. Barry has worked with the physio and the injury is not as bad as first feared. With a little bit of luck he will be able to join in training. We are not 100 per cent sure, so we will see where we go with him on Friday."

The manager also talked about preparations for the big game at Wembley, which have been in stark contrast to the last time Wimbledon visited the famous stadium – a match that ended in play-off glory.

"It's different in every way," said Neal. "That was the culmination of a season and we had that one game that defined everything we had worked towards. That is not the case here. We've had a tough eight days with four games over Christmas. We had a real focus and great performances. To get seven points was great. We needed a couple of days to recharge the batteries. We have to prepare for a different game, for different tactics and create things in training that are going to be very difficult, because it's hard to create how good the opposition are going to be."

The full interview with Neal can be viewed on iFollow via the link above and look out later this afternoon for more extensive interviews on the official website.

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