Lyle Taylor has a chance of recovering from a quad injury in time to keep his place in the AFC Wimbledon attack for Sunday’s home game against Peterborough United.
The 27-year-old scored the winning goal for the Dons as they booked their FA Cup second round place with a 1-0 victory over Lincoln City last weekend.
But Taylor was forced off in the first half against the Imps and is a doubt for Sunday’s televised home fixtures against Peterborough United.
“Lyle got a dead leg and couldn’t run it off,” said Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley. “Sometimes when you try and sprint after that the quad muscle stiffens up.
“We’ve had a few injuries lately and are a bit down to the bare bones, especially with our attacking options.
“The gameplan against Lincoln was to play two up front, we thought it would cause them problems. We had to put Harry Forrester up there, but he likes to come deep and play to feet.
“With a bit of luck we’ll get Lyle back at the end of the week. I can’t sat hand on heart he will be okay. But I’m confident we have a chance of getting him back for the weekend’s match.”
Kwesi Appiah may not return from his hamstring injury until the busy Christmas period.
“Initially it was a four-to-six week injury and we had him back running and then he felt it again,” said Ardley. “A scan showed there was blood in the tendon – it wasn’t the muscle this time.
“We’ll only get Kwesi back into full training in early December and that probably means he won’t be fit for games until nearer Christmas time. He’d been hitting form and now has to start all over again.”
Peterborough were one of the early season pacesetters but are a point adrift of the play-off places.
“They are very free-flowing in their attacking play and have scored a lot of goals,” said Ardley. “Jack Marriott has had an excellent season and has got 12 goals.
“They are a real threat going forward with Marcus Maddison and Gwion Edwards. They’ve got good players at the top end of the pitch who can hurt you.
“They’ve added Steven Taylor at the back, which gives you the experience needed. They are going to be in and around the play-offs this season with that squad.
“Despite being at home we’ve got to make sure we are very, very good without the ball to ensure we then get more of it.”