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Injury updates, Berahino back & message to the fans

1 April 2022

Club News

Injury updates, Berahino back & message to the fans

1 April 2022

Here are the key talking points from Darren Moore's pre-match press conference ahead of our game with AFC Wimbledon.

INJURY UPDATES

Saido came through the 90 minutes with Burundi unscathed and we’re pleased to have him back and available for Saturday. It’s great for him and great for us that he got a full 90 for his country.

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Lewis is back on the pitch, going through a variety of exercises. He’s about two weeks away from being considered but he’s back on the grass and we will just keep adding to his workload and watch his progression.

Mide is involved in the squad for tomorrow. He’s progressed really well and it’s good to have him back in and around it. He’s trained well this week and is in the squad.

With Josh, we’ll go week by week with him. He’s doing well with his rehab but we need to make sure he’s not taking on too much, too soon. I’m confident he will still play a part in the season, but we need to get him back to the stage where he’s ready and maybe iron out the things we could have done better when he returned last time.

Liam is fine and is back training, looking strong. I’m hoping that he joins back up with us after the weekend.

Dennis is doing really well and we’ve got the green light to accelerate his training. If his programme continues to go well, we’ll see him on the pitch before the end of the season.

MESSAGE TO THE FANS

My message for the supporters after last Saturday was thank you very much. There was an energy they brought to the team after going a goal down and it makes a big difference.

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We know Wimbledon have changed their manager and we know it will be a tough game. People may look at the table but with a team coming here under new management, it won’t be an easy game.

There’s a natural bounce and a reaction when new management comes in and we’ll see what faces us tomorrow against a team fighting for their lives.

MAKING PROGRESS

There’s been a natural progression because of the work we’ve been putting in on the training ground throughout the season. The cohesion and understanding between players improves and you can see everything starts to flow better.

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We want consistency and more demands on each other to keep progressing. We want individual and team performances to be even better, we don’t want to stand still.

LOOKING BACK

In the reverse fixture with Wimbledon we missed opportunities to cement the game at 2-0 up. They are a team full of spirit and they kept going to the end and got their rewards. It felt like a defeat for us as we were comfortable but then switched off and let them back into the game. But I like to think that we’re a different opposition now than we were back in October.


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