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Robbo’s FA Cup selection poser as Egli pushes for inclusion

Update from our Head Coach as the Dons prepare to take on Cheltenham

3 December 2021

Mark Robinson said that the Dons are in good shape heading into Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie.

Speaking before our second round match at home to Cheltenham Town, Robbo confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns.

“We are all good, apart from Will, PK, and Cheye," he said. "Everyone is raring to go, so I’ve got a tough selection choice, which is exactly what I want. The lads have trained brilliantly today and I will have to make my mind up (to select the team)."

Last Friday we announced the return of Egli Kaja for a second spell at Wimbledon and Robbo added that he is pushing for a place in the squad.

“Based on the way Egli trained today he is coming along very well. He is looking bright and he’s just hungry to get involved. It’s just about building up his training intensity because he hasn’t played for so long, but he’s certainly ready to have minutes. It’s just about how many minutes he gets initially. He’s looking really bright, powerful, and strong.”

In the build-up to tomorrow's match, Robbo talked passionately about the FA Cup, praised his opposite number Michael Duff, and said that he's looking forward to meeting up with Chris Hussey, who had two spells with us earlier in his career.

“For me, the FA Cup still remains the greatest club cup competition in the world. It’s exciting and we are really looking forward to it. We know that it’s going to be a really tough game against Cheltenham, but we are excited and looking forward to it.

“It was lovely what Michael Duff said about us, and the job that he has done at Cheltenham has been fantastic. If you look at their league position, it is warranted. I have watched them several times and they are very well organised, and well disciplined, but also play good football. We know how tough the challenge is going to be and we are going to have to be at our very best and be ruthless if we want to go through to the next round.

“When I started forming the academy Chris was known as the only home-grown player who had come through the ranks after Simon (Bassey) brought him into the club. I got to know Chris quite well and he was a fantastic player for us. I believe Chris has been doing really well for Cheltenham and it will be good to catch up with him.”

Asked about plans for young professionals Zach Robinson, Huseyin Biler, and Luke Jenkins, Robbo stated his intention to find suitable loan clubs for them.

“Ideally, we would like to get them out on loan for the rest of the season. It looks like Cheye will be back quicker than we thought and hopefully Will won’t be too far away. I have got interest in Zach already, which I’ve passed onto Michael Hamilton. We need them out playing football as much as possible and as long as we don’t get any more injuries that’s what I want for all three of them, so that they can have a chance of fulfilling their potential.”

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

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