AFC Wimbledon should be firing on all cylinders against Cambridge United if Neal Ardley’s training schedule has its desired effect.
The Dons have had a punishing run of League Two fixtures and FA Cup replays and boss Ardley has had to manage his squad’s fitness carefully.
He eased them back into sessions after last weekend’s goalless stalemate at Oxford but has been stepping up the tempo in the run-up to tomorrow’s clash.
Sean Rigg returns from suspension while there could be a debut for defender Jake Goodman after the Millwall youngster penned a short-term loan deal yesterday as cover for the injured Andy Frampton.
“You get the balance right,” Ardley told Dons Player.
“We’ve had five games in two weeks. We’ve upped the intensity as we’ve gone on and it’s about trying to get their legs back, trying to work on a few things we might need to do over the next few games.
“The players and the staff have been a bit under the weather so I think the hectic schedule is starting to take its toll.”
Cambridge manager Richard Money was far from happy with his team’s 2-1 loss to Accrington Stanley on Saturday and Ardley says he is expecting a strong response.
“They will look to bounce back,” Ardley said.
“I know he wasn’t happy with defeat at Accrington last week. They’ve got threats. They’ve got Elliott and we know Kwesi well. I know Richard thinks he’s got one of the best strike-forces in the league.
“They’re big they’re strong and they’re organised. We have to have an energy about us, carry a threat, and have pace when we go forward as well as defending well.”
Cambridge go into the game fresh from having signed West Brom defender Wes Atkinson and Crystal Palace winger Sullay Kaikai on youth loans until January 3.
Meanwhile, the Dons have extended Frankie Sutherland's stay from QPR and Harry Pell has returned from his stint at Grimsby.