Karleigh Osborne isn’t the only injury concern for AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley ahead of a punishing fixture schedule.
Osborne faces a spell on the side-lines with a knee injury picked up in training last week, but with next Saturday’s trip to Barnet triggering seven games in three weeks, Ardley is also sweating on the fitness of midfielders Jake Reeves and Connor Smith.
Reeves lasted just 20 minutes of Saturday’s win over Luton before limping off with a thigh problem after a heavy tackle.
Ardley claimed it was one of those ‘wait and see’ kind of injuries.
“We hope to have Jake back for Barnet, but you never know with a dead leg, he said.
“George Francomb had one before the Mansfield game a few weeks back and he ended up out for two weeks because he just couldn’t get over it. Hopefully Jake’s will be a few days, but it was right on the thigh muscle and he just felt it every time he ran.”
Smith meanwhile hasn’t had the luckiest of starts to life at Kingsmeadow after signing late in the January transfer window.
Down to start at Bristol Rovers last week before it was called off, he was again in Ardley’s original XI for Luton only to take a ball in the face during a practice game.
“Connor tried to carry on, but ended up dizzy and feeling sick, so with concussion rules we have got to leave him off until next Thursday,” Ardley added.
“I feel for him, but with all the games we have got coming up he’ll be straight back into the fold.”