Monday 13 August 2012
first team news
Stevenage preview: update from Terry on cup tie
Terry Brown has confirmed that Curtis Osano will not be ready for tomorrow night's Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage.
The right-back's injured ankle was assessed by physio Mike Rayner today, but Curtis failed a fitness test and will therefore miss the first round match at the Lamex Stadium. Midfielder Louis Harris has a chance of making the squad after shaking off a hamstring injury, but the match will come too soon for Rashid Yussuff, who has returned to training. Charlie Strutton is likely to be in the squad after signing a contract at AFC Wimbledon today.
Terry Brown has no other injury concerns though and the Dons boss admits he is just relieved to get pre-season out of the way.
"It has seemed like a long pre-season, certainly compared to last year when we had the play-offs," said Terry. "It has been a hard pre-season, which has tested the players, but during the last week they have shown that they are ready for the real thing. This is a fantastic opportunity for the club to get through and draw one of the big boys in the next round. Stevenage have done very well in the cups in recent years and we would like to do better in these competitions."
This will be the third successive season that the Dons have met Stevenage in a knockout competition. Wimbledon were beaten 2-0 at home by Stevenage in the FA Cup second round in 2010/11, but the Dons were victorious on penalties in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season. Wimbledon pair Stacy Long and Byron Harrison will both be returning to their former club tomorrow night. However, it will be a far different Stevenage from the side they played for last season with current manager Gary Smith having rebuilt the squad after the departure of Graham Westley to Preston.