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Dan ready to face Pompey after shaking off illness

Squad update ahead of Wimbledon versus Portsmouth

16 December 2021

Mark Robinson’s defensive options for the visit of in-form Portsmouth on Saturday will be reinforced by the return of Dan Csoka.

The Hungarian centre-back missed the match at Wycombe due to illness, but Robbo said he’s raring to go again now. Our Head Coach added that the impact of Omicron – the new strain of Covid-19 – had been minimal at the training ground so far.

“We’ve been coming in, but making sure that we have all the protocols in place. We’ve had a few cases, one with a younger player, and today with Zaki and Dapo, so we will be without them for Saturday. As we are following the protocols there are no knock-on effects from that. We just have to keep doing the right things and keep our fingers crossed that there are no more cases.

“Apart from Dapo and Zaki we are all good. Dan is back now and he has been training brilliantly all week. He’s back and feeling well. It wasn’t Covid-related for Dan, he just wasn’t feeling well and that’s why he missed the Wycombe game.

“It’s great at training now because we’ve got Cheye and Will on the other pitch getting fitter, so there’s going to be competition for places, which is really healthy. Henry took a little bit of a knock today, but it’s nothing much and we are expecting him to train and be fine.”

With Saturday’s match at the Cherry Red Records Stadium pitching together two in-form sides, Robbo is expecting an entertaining game.

“Being five unbeaten is really good, and we are really looking forward to the challenge of Portsmouth on Saturday. We’ve got every reason to feel confident. They are in great form as well after nine league matches unbeaten and they’ve only conceded two goals in their last seven.

“I’ve had the stats through from our video analyst Goncalo (Pinto) on expected goals in our last five games and we are the highest in the division during that spell. We’ve been scoring freely, so it should be a really good game on Saturday. They’ve got pressure on them, but we’ve also got our own pressures because we know how good we can be. We feel that we are three or four points short of what we should be on, and we want to keep our run going.”

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell’s full interview with Robbo.


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