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Captain Deji vying to be back in the squad

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10 January 2019

Wally Downes today provided a positive bulletin about the fitness of Deji Oshilaja with Wimbledon’s captain having returned to full training.

Deji has not featured since the Emirates FA Cup tie at FC Halifax in early December due to a foot injury, but he could be an option for the trip to Coventry City on Saturday.

"Deji has done a full week now," said Wally. "His attitude has been great, he has worked very hard with the medical staff, and his physical shape is very good. It was bone bruising so it was only the football that stopped him. He's been able to work and keep his fitness up, so hopefully it's just a little bit of football rust that we can get out of him this week and he can be in contention.

"These are the decisions you don't mind as a manager. You want to be spoilt for choice and then it's up to you to make the right choice. That's not an issue for me, I don't have a problem picking a team from players that are doing well."

Joe Pigott has also joined in with the rest of the squad this week after shaking off a thigh injury, but Scott Wagstaff is not quite ready to be back involved.

"Joe is back in full training, but clearly he hasn't had enough game time. He looked sharp in training today and hopefully he can join in with the squad. Scott is making good progress and he's ahead of schedule, but he's still got a bit to go."

Rod McDonald is making good progress from the ankle injury he suffered before Christmas, but he's not yet ready for a return to full training.

Click on the link to our iFollow channel above to watch the full interview with Wally. It includes an update on his transfer search during the January window, and a focus on preparing the team to face Coventry on Saturday.


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