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Dons trio could be in contention to face Cheltenham

Fitness update from the training ground with Tim Maynard

16 March 2022

Head Coach Mark Robinson could have three players back to choose from for Saturday’s League One trip to Cheltenham Town.

Defender Henry Lawrence and winger Egli Kaja both took part in Tuesday’s session at our New Malden training base, while forward Sam Cosgrove (pictured) worked with Physio Tim Maynard.

“Sam is improving, which is good,” said Tim. “After his back flared up, just before the Doncaster game, he was in quite a lot of discomfort. Things now seem to be going in the right direction.

“We’ve been able to get outside and do some relatively low-level stuff to facilitate him and see if we can get him available for this weekend or not. We’re seeing where we’re at and not pushing him too quickly, because he’s got a past medical history with this, and we just need to be sensible with him.

“Henry has been good. He’s somewhat lightened the load a little bit, with the fact that he went back to Chelsea. They looked after his hamstring injury and did all his rehabilitation, but we do liaise with their medical department to make sure that if they do have a problem we know where they’re at. 

“He’s progressed nicely, and he trained last week with them and us and he’s with us this week. That puts him into contention for this weekend perfectly, which works quite well given the issues we’ve just had with Cheye Alexander.

“Egli is somewhat similar to Henry. He’d been out with his hamstring and then had a niggle just as he was coming back through his rehab, which meant we took a little more time to get him right. That impacted on his ability to function within the squad, but he’s been training for the last week or so and again – that puts him into contention for this weekend too, which is again great news given the number of injuries we’ve had recently.”

Striker Aaron Cosgrave (ankle) maybe back in time to try and help the Dons right at the end of the season.

“He’s had a significant kind of injury in that ankle,” said Tim. “It’s probably going to be another four weeks or so for him. It’s frustrating, but he’ll probably be in and around for the last few games in terms of selection.”  

Tim also spoke about the return of defender Ben Heneghan (ankle) and captain Alex Woodyard (hamstring) in an extensive update from the treatment room, which included news of promising youngsters Luke Jenkins, Elliott Bolton, Kwaku Frimpong and Quaine Bartley.

You can see the full update with Physio Tim Maynard from our training ground below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.


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