Paul Tisdale says MK Dons will be ‘keeping their fingers’ on Alex Gilbey, who faces races a race against time to prove his fitness for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers.
Gilbey limped off early during last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town and while the specifics of the injury haven’t been revealed, Tisdale did note that the midfielder is still feeling the effects.
“He’s sore,” Tisdale said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to the New Lawn.
“He’s been on the training ground today. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and we’ll give him every chance to be fit for Saturday afternoon but it will be a late call.”
Tisdale continued: “Alex is one of those players who has the engine, the athleticism and the work ethic to always be part of what’s going on away from the ball as well as on it.
“We got through it last week against Yeovil after he went off quite early. We’ve got the luxury here of having quite a few good midfield players Conor McGrandles was ideal to step into his position last week.”
Tisdale also provided an update on three of his injured defenders in Thursday’s media briefing, offering positive news on the progress of Jordan Moore-Taylor, Baily Cargill and George Williams.
“Jordan is making really good progress at the moment. With any player who has been out for a considerable time, there is a balance between pushing them straight back in and giving them time to get back into their training - we’re at that point of balance with him. We’re hoping he won’t be too long.
“Baily is really close. We don’t think it’s a significant injury. Will he be back this Saturday? I don’t think so but, at this stage of the season, we’ll give him as much time as possible to be back.
“George is actually doing the best of everybody in terms of his progress but he’s starting from so far back that if we get anything before the start of next season with him then it will be a bonus.”
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