Wimbledon v Pompey: Early team news

Kyle Bennett picked up a foot injury at York Picture: Joe Pepler
Kyle Bennett picked up a foot injury at York Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Cook has been struck by injury problems ahead of the clash with Wimbledon.

Kyle Bennett and Adam Webster (both left foot) are once again sidelined.

Now they’ve been joined in the treatment room by several of Saturday’s team, although Cook has declined to divulge names.

In addition, loanees Ryan Fulton (thigh) and Conor Wilkinson (groin) continue to be absent from first-team plans.

Conor Chaplin and Kieron Freeman both came off the bench against Wycombe to make an impact so could come into the frame.

For AFC Wimbledon, Jake Reeves is pushing to return after recovering from a hamstring problem.

The injury has kept the midfielder out of Wimbledon’s past three matches, but he is now in the frame to feature and will challenge Connor Smith for a place.

Definitely missing is left-back Jon Meades, who faces another month on the sidelines following ankle damage.

Paul Robinson and Andy Barcham are expected to line-up against their former club.

Although Will Nightingale (cruciate) is not ready to return.