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Positive injury news for Dons but striker faces fitness test ahead of EFL Cup tie at Arsenal

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has provided a positive update on Jack Rudoni ahead of Wednesday night’s third-round EFL Cup tie against Premier League side Arsenal. But striker Ollie Palmer faces a fitness test today ahead of the trip to the Emirates.

Academy graduate and joint-top goalscorer Rudoni has resumed full training today after a slight muscle injury kept the 20-year-old out of the previous two games against Morecambe and Plymouth.

“We seem all good – Jack Rudoni is returning to full training today, so we’re hoping he comes through it well,” Robinson told the South London Press.

“Ollie has got to have a fitness test today because he didn’t feel as if he could come on [against Plymouth], even though he was on the bench. He’s training to see how he comes through today.

“He has got a tightness in his calf, and it wasn’t as good as we hoped it would be on Saturday. So, when he was warming up, he just didn’t feel that he could come on, and we didn’t want to risk it by making it worse. We’re just going to see how it is today. Everyone else is alright.”

When asked if anyone has put themselves into contention for a start on Wednesday, with Ethan Chislett’s recent performances earning him his first consecutive league starts this season under Robinson, the head coach said: “They all do. The training levels are so high that they are always putting themselves into contention. I am constantly saying to them: ‘When it comes to picking the side, I want to have the biggest headache possible’.

“Ethan has done that, and he has forced his way into the side recently, but with players like George Marsh, his training levels are always high. When these players aren’t being picked, it makes it tough, but that’s exactly what you want because there are going to be opportunities coming along all the time. I just tell them to keep believing that those opportunities are going to come.”

Paul Kalambayi is expected to be out for up to six to eight weeks with a muscle injury.

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