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Mason set for spell on the sidelines

Striker out with hamstring injury but Brennan Dickenson back in full training...

22 August 2019

Paul Tisdale has confirmed that striker Joe Mason is set for an extended spell on the sidelines but there is better news regarding Brennan Dickenson and Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Mason, who joined the Dons in the summer on a free transfer, has yet to feature this season due to what Tisdale confirmed on Thursday is a hamstring injury - an injury which looks set to keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future.

In more positive news, though, wide-man Brennan Dickenson is back in full training and edging closer to making his first appearance for the Dons.

“Brennan is back in full training and he’s fully fit,” Tisdale confirmed. “His thing now is about matches as he’s missed playing in pre-season.

“Joe Mason is going to be out considerably longer with a hamstring injury which will require lengthy rehab. It won't need an operation, but I cannot give a time.”

Tisdale also provided an update on midfielder Ben Reeves, who hasn’t appeared since coming off the bench in the season-opener with Shrewsbury Town.

“Ben Reeves will be out for two or three weeks. He has had a nasty kick in the game we played instead of Bury. We thought it was a dead leg but he has been out of training for a fortnight and it's proving very difficult to heal.

“He came off the bench against Shrewsbury, but he was not good, physically. We realised quickly after that he needs a lengthy time out.

“It's such a frustration for him and also us because we want him in and around the team because he's a creative force.”

Jordan Moore-Taylor continues to make strides in his rehabilitation as he makes his way back from a long-term knee injury which has kept him out since January. Tisdale is happy with the progress his centre-back is making.

“Jordan Moore-Taylor is also on the training ground, starting to run and kick which is promising,” Tisdale added.

Tisdale revealed no further injury concerns, which bodes well for defender Joe Walsh who has been absent from the last two matches.

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