Wally Downes has almost a fully fit squad to choose from as he prepares Wimbledon for the tough challenge of taking on League One leaders Coventry City.
The manager will only be without injured defender Rod McDonald and Anthony Wordsworth, who is deemed not quite ready to return versus the Sky Blues.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to St Andrews in Birmingham, where Coventry are playing their home games this season, Wally said: “Today, it was more about loosening legs and seeing who the walking wounded were from Saturday. Callum had a bit of a strain, but he seems to have come through that. Michael was a bit iffy on Friday, but he got through his minutes on Saturday, so we are good, apart from Woody, who needs a bit more fitness work into him. He is very close to being in contention now. I didn’t use Terell on Saturday, but he’s in contention as we are taking 20 players up there.”
Taking on a Coventry City boasting four wins and four draws in the league this season is sure to be a difficult task, but it’s one that Wally wants his players to relish.
“We have been playing well in spells and we’ve been competitive in every game,” added Wally. “As long as we stick together through this adverse period we will come through it as a stronger team. There’s no better place to go, to be able to stick together, than a big stadium like St Andrews, and taking on a big club like Coventry. To go there and get three points could be a big turning point for us.
“We start off with one point and as long as we keep that clean sheet we’ve got the point. Once you’ve got that one point you want to build on it. We will take the game to them when we can, but the important thing is that we are together as a group and we don’t get stretched, which is what they want to happen. We have to be compact and competitive and look to get the ball forward and wide, into dangerous areas, when we can.”
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