AFC Wimbledon v Southend preview

Date published: Tuesday 24th December 2013 12:19

AFC Wimbledon captain Alan Bennett could return for the Boxing Day visit of Southend.

Defender Bennett was due to have a fitness test on his injured ankle ahead of Saturday’s clash with Newport, but the match was postponed due to the weather giving him a few extra days to get fully fit.

Midfielder Harry Pell will miss out again with a knee injury but Sammy Moore is set to step into the centre after serving a one-match ban.

Defender Will Antwi (hip) and winger Chris Arthur (ankle) are back in training and could return in January while striker Charlie Strutton is recovering from a broken leg.

Luke Prosser is a concern for Southend’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.

The centre-back, having made a superb double goal-line clearance, was forced off at half-time in Friday night’s 1-1 draw against Rochdale after sustaining a bout of concussion.

Should Prosser be deemed not ready to face the Dons then Mark Phillips, who came on in his place at the interval, is likely to start.

Long-term absentee Julian Bennett remains the only other player in the treatment room as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

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AFC Wimbledon v Southend preview

Date published: Monday 19th November 2012 6:16

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley could be without a trio of defenders.

Jim Fenlon, Warren Cummings and Norwich loanee George Francomb were all deemed not fit enough to be included in the squad for Saturday’s draw against Aldershot and they will have to be assessed again.

Winger Kieran Djilali returned to the club on a short-term loan deal on Friday and, after coming on as a second-half substitute, may be promoted to the starting XI.

Neil Sullivan, another new signing, was instrumental as the Dons claimed a point against the Shots and the Doncaster loanee is set to retain his place in goal.

Stacy Long netted a late equaliser at the weekend and is likely to stay in Ardley’s team.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock could name an unchanged line-up for the third successive game with Gavin Tomlin set to feature despite being substituted at Torquay.

The striker, who scored twice in the 4-1 victory at Plainmoor, was replaced by Barry Corr midway through the second half as a precaution after his back stiffened up.

But the former Torquay loanee is likely to get the nod again to continue his partnership with Britt Assombalonga – a combination that delighted their manager.

“You have to give credit to them both because they ran Torquay ragged,” Sturrock told the Southend Echo.

“We need to take this kind of performance to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday now, but they’ve been doing well lately and it will be a hard game for us there.”

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AFC Wimbledon v Southend preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 4:00

AFC Wimbledon could be boosted by the return of Christian Jolley.

Six-goal striker Jolley has played just once in the last month due to a hamstring injury but is back in training and pushing to be involved.

Winger Kieran Djalili continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury and on-loan West Ham defender Callum McNaughton remains a doubt with a knee problem.

Therefore boss Terry Brown will have to stick with the bulk of the side which slipped to a fourth straight defeat when they were beaten 2-0 at home to Oxford on Boxing Day.

The Dons have not found the net in their last three games and have tumbled to 17th in the table.

Meanwhile, Southend will be without suspended trio Liam Dickinson, Peter Gilbert and Bilel Mohsni.

Dickinson, having earlier fired the Shrimpers ahead from the penalty spot, received his fifth booking of the season in the Boxing Day clash with Aldershot, only to see the game abandoned at half-time following floodlight failure at the Recreation Ground.

Despite the scoreline being wiped out ahead of the rearranged fixture, all yellow and red cards still stand, which means Dickinson now serves an automatic one-match suspension at Kingsmeadow.

But Southend have been further punished by a ruling which sees the suspensions served by Gilbert and Mohsni at Aldershot now void due to the game not being completed.

That means the pair, who were due to complete their respective one-match and two-match bans on Boxing Day, will now do so against the Dons.

Skipper Chris Barker (calf) will again be assessed having been ruled out of the last two matches, with coach Graham Coughlan, 37, again on standby as he looks to make his 500th career appearance.

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