AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admits he may have to bring in another defender if the prognosis on injured Andy Frampton is not good.
The defender took a blow to the same ankle he damaged in the summer during the weekend FA Cup stalemate with York City.
That may be too soon for Frampton to make a comeback and Ardley is already planning for tonight’s JPT tie with Bristol City without the former Brentford man.
Frampton’s former Gillingham team-mate Adam Barrett, on loan at Kingsmeadow from the League One side, is due to return to Kent on January 4.
And if tests reveal Frampton is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the Wimbledon chief acknowledges he will have to consider looking for a replacement.
“At first we feared the worst for Andy because it was the same ankle that he injured before,” he told Dons Player.
“He is a lot easier on it today so we will monitor that and have a look on Thursday. If we feel the news is not good then we may need to reinforce.
“Alan Bennett came in on Saturday and he did really well, in particular when he managed to help James Shea out after his double save to stop York scoring.”
Young midfielder Tom Beere is also unlikely to face City after failing to fully overcome illness.
“Tom was ill on Saturday and that’s why we only had six substitutes,” Ardley added. “We had been considering bringing Tom in for tomorrow’s game because we’ve been delighted with him lately.
“I just think it’s a tough ask against a good team when we might spend a considerable bit of time without the ball. I don’t want to bring a substitute on after an hour because Tom has run out of steam.”