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Barcham back in contention to face Doncaster

Winger one of three players back available for away match

15 November 2018

AFC Wimbledon will be boosted by the return of three fit-again players for the League One match at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Simon Bassey confirmed that Andy Barcham is back in the frame after recovering from a calf injury and Will Nightingale has shaken off a hip problem.

Rod McDonald is also available again after putting a quad injury behind him. However, Tyler Garrett (knee) and James Hanson (calf) are both still out.

Speaking in an interview for iFollow, Simon Bassey said: "We have some good news with Andy, Will, and Rod all back in training. They have done some good work in training this week, so they are all back available for selection. Tyler Garratt has taken a knock to his knee, so he will be out for a couple of weeks now. James Hanson is still missing after the calf injury he picked up in the match against Shrewsbury. We have got players back, but we're still missing a couple. We have a lot of players to choose from and shirts up for grabs. Everyone has trained well this week, so we have some tough decisions to make."

Since taking over as interim manager, Simon added that the players had produced a good response on the training pitch.

"I've told them what I expect from them and their best chance of playing in a team that I look after. I spoke to them about what they needed to do to achieve that. To be fair to the boys, they have implemented that really well into training. I have some big calls, but they are ones I'm happy to make because it means we've got 21 players training at full levels. We've done lots of work. They've been in good form and in good spirits considering the situation.

"On the club's behalf I've been asked to do it in the interim. Whether it's one game or two games, we will try to get points on the board. Three points are up for grabs on Saturday and we will be trying to get them. It's a long trip for the fans and our away support is fantastic. I remember that we went to Doncaster last year and it was called off. We took a huge amount for the rescheduled game and it was obviously a very important game for the club at that stage. We achieved what we needed to so that we could secure our League One status. It's another time to go to that ground with a big marker to put down and we hope to get what we want come Saturday."

The full interview with Simon is available to watch by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above. A more extensive preview will be on the official website tomorrow.


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