Pair return to squad for Wimbledon test

Saido Berahino and Mide Shodipo are both ready to be named in Darren Moore’s squad for tomorrow’s home game with struggling AFC Wimbledon.

Berahino missed last Saturday’s win over Cheltenham as he was on duty for Burundi in Bahrain and then returned home early in a pre-agreed arrangement, rather than staying on for a second friendly against Liberia.

Shodipo is back in full training after being injured in December and Moore confirmed he will also be in the squad.

The Wednesday boss now has to decide whether to stick with the side that started against Cheltenham but could well bring back Berahino, probably at the expense of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, up front.

AFC Wimbledon, playing their first game under the new management of Mark Bowen, have failed to win in their last 21 matches and are in 21st position.

Last weekend’s win lifted us back into the play-off positions, now sitting in sixth place with 69 points from 39 matches, and we could gain ground on Plymouth in fourth (74 from 40) and fifth-placed Oxford (69 from 39) as they play each other at Home Park.

MK Dons, in third (76 from 39) entertain Shrewsbury, while just below us Sunderland (67 from 39) are at home to Gillingham, eighth-placed Wycombe (66 from 39) host Doncaster and Ipswich (64 from 40) see Cambridge going to Portman Road.

Leaders Rotherham (80 from 39) are in EFL Trophy Final action while Wigan, in second (79 from 37), face Bolton in a lunchtime kick off at the DW Stadium.

On the injury front, Liam Palmer is expected back in full training next week, Josh Windass and Lewis Gibson are still recovering from their recent knocks while Dennis Adeniran could return before the end of the season after previously being ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

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