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Double squad boost for the Dons ahead of Burton

Manager's update ahead of League One away match

22 October 2020

Glyn Hodges will have extra attacking options for the trip to Burton Albion.

Striker Ollie Palmer is deemed fit enough to make the AFC Wimbledon match day squad for the first time since joining in the summer after fully recovering from a groin operation and attacking midfielder Ethan Chislett (pictured) came through training today after missing the midweek match at Hull due to concussion.

"Ollie will be in the squad," said our manager. "He came through training today, and he has had another week under his belt, so fingers crossed he will be in contention. Ethan is back as well after his concussion. We had to monitor that, but he did non-contact training today. I am sure he will be okay to be selected for the squad on Saturday."

Meanwhile, Glyn clarified the situation with club captain Will Nightingale, stating that plans to send him out on loan have been shelved.

“There was someone in for Will, but we decided it wasn’t right for him or us," added Glyn. "We want Will to stay here. He is the club captain and he’s an integral part of what we are doing here. Unfortunately, he has not found himself in the team, but he’s a great kid, as everyone knows, and he’s great to have around the place.

“There’s a dry up of fixtures, so it’s going to take something to get him in the team, but he’s fit and raring to go. It’s one of those frustrating positions for Will, but a great position for me because everybody is fit and I’ve got a full quota to choose from. You never know in football, it changes daily.”

Glyn is hoping the squad will be fresh and raring to go for Saturday after pushing League One leaders Hull City all the way on Tuesday. Certainly, the boisterous atmosphere at the training ground today suggested an upbeat mood for the challenge ahead! 

“We won’t know until Saturday, but the music is blaring in there today and there are a few things going on that I’m quite pleased about! They are quite buoyant, obviously off the back of the performance, but the result wasn’t great. The performance has given them confidence looking ahead to the weekend.

“We want to keep performing the way we have been – in recent games we've probably produced the most consistent performance levels since I came in. We had been up and down, hitting good form but not being able to maintain it. In the last few games we’ve hit good form, though we’ve lost two. We need to score a few goals by taking our chances and we will be back on a winning streak again.”

You can watch Rob Cornell's full interview with Glyn by clicking on the link below.

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