Date: 20th December 2013 at 10:39am
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AFC Wimbledon have a final game before Christmas when we’re off to Wales on Saturday to face Newport.

Alan Bennett has been troubled by an ankle injury of late, but it’s hoped that the captain can return. A decision will be made late on after he has undergone an assessment of his fitness.

His defensive teammate Will Antwi, returning from a long-term injury, is progressing well but isn’t quite ready to be forcing his way back into the first team just yet.

It had been hoped that Harry Pell could have returned, some rumours had gone as far as saying he would be back but he’s still out.

Still, there is the positive that Sammy Moore will come back into the midfield, or at least should, following his suspension but the petulant George Porter will sit out for a similar thing as he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Mansfield last week.

All in all to say that we’re “light on players” would be an understatement, I think we were only able to name five substitutes in our last game.

Neal Ardley, talking to Dons Player, knows we’ve got a tough task on our hands when we face the Welsh outfit this weekend.

Ahead of the game he said: ‘It’s going to be tough. I always try to watch footage of the opposition to try and work out what they’re good at and the statistics don’t lie. Newport have got the best home form in the league having won seven and drawn one and they’ve scored more than anyone in the league at home.

‘They’ve made their home a fortress, but we can’t fear that. We`ve got to go there and solve some problems and find ways of getting control of the game. Justin Edinburgh and Jimmy Dack have done a great job and Newport will test our resolve.’

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