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Williams set for extended spell on the sidelines

Paul Tisdale provides update on George Williams as well as Callum Brittain and Ryan Harley...

24 January 2019

George Williams is set for an extended spell on the sidelines due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the Sky Bet League Two clash with Bury.

Williams limped off after just five minutes at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane and while no timescale has been given by manager Paul Tisdale, it looks unlikely MK Dons supporters will see the defender in action any time soon.

“He will be out for a considerable amount of time,” Tisdale told the media on Thursday.

“We have had the news that he will be out for a while. I cannot put a date on it but it is not two or three weeks - it’s longer.”

Williams isn’t the only injury concern at the right wing-back position, with Tisdale revealing that Callum Brittain’s return from an ankle injury has been delayed due to an illness.

The Dons boss said: “Callum twisted his ankle a long time ago. He had been in training for two or three weeks but had tonsillitis last week. It doesn't rain, it pours sometimes!

“We've got players who can adapt and play in different positions, as Conor McGrandles has done, but it would be good to get Callum back in full flow.

“He has been in training this week, so hopefully he will be ready soon.”

In more positive injury news, the Dons were boosted last week by the return of midfielder Ryan Harley.

Harley, who found the net in the opening day win over Oldham Athletic, was back in action last weekend after almost five months on the sidelines due to injury and Tisdale is hoping his experienced midfielder can make an impact between now and the end of the season.

“It's fabulous for him to be involved after a long time out,” Tisdale commented. “I know him and his game - I don't have to find out about him.

“It was good to see him on the pitch, although he was no-where near his best. Every day now he will get stronger and quicker. It’s good to have him back.”

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