AFC Wimbledon V Hartlepool at The Cherry Red Records Stadium : Match Preview

22 August 2014 11:31
AFC Wimbledon V Hartlepool - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Defensive duo sit out for Dons

AFC Wimbledon will still be without defenders Jack Smith and Andy Frampton for the home game against Hartlepool.

Smith misses out again with the knee injury he suffered at MK Dons earlier this month, although he could be back in action next week, while Frampton is still recovering from a broken ankle picked up in pre-season.

Teenager Will Nightingale is fit after a thigh injury while fellow defender Adam Barrett has extended his loan spell from Gillingham until January.

But winger Chris Arthur, who has made just one substitute appearance so far this season, has been loaned out to Conference side Woking.

Hartlepool will have Charlie Wyke in their squad after bringing the Middlesbrough striker back to the club for a month-long loan spell.

The 21-year-old netted twice in 26 appearances for the club when at Victoria Park for the 2012-13 season and has since spent three months with Saturday's opponents last term, bagging another couple of first-team goals in 17 games, including a debut strike at Wycombe.

Stuart Parnaby is a doubt after coming off in Tuesday's loss to Dagenham with a hamstring problem and Lewis Hawkins has sustained an ankle injury in training, but Tommy Miller could be fit to return after missing the midweek match.

Manager Colin Cooper said of Miller's absence: "Tommy's back went into spasm after the game on Saturday. He wasn't able to play on Tuesday night but the physio is pretty confident he'll be okay for Wimbledon so we will wait and see."

Source: PA