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More minutes for Mason while duo edge closer

Joe Mason plays another 20 minutes while Sam Nombe and Rhys Healey start training on the grass...

13 November 2019

Joe Mason added another 20 minutes to the bank in Tuesday’s Trophy tie with Wycombe Wanderers while strikers Rhys Healey and Sam Nombe have stepped up their recovery from injury.

Due to a hamstring injury sustained prior to the season opener, Mason has yet to make a start for the Dons since joining in the summer, but he has featured off the bench in each of the last two matches.

“I think he has come back looking better than he did in pre-season,” Martin said of his striker after Tuesday’s Trophy tie with Wycombe Wanderers.

He has looked really good in training and in the cameos he's looked sharp. He's got two good feet and it'll be a real boost to the squad when he’s fully fit.

“He feels ready to play. It was tempting to play him tonight but we've got a big game on Saturday that he'll be in contention for.”

Meanwhile, fellow forwards Nombe (knee) and Healey (thigh), sidelined since September, have moved from the gym to the training pitch as they progress in their rehabilitation.

“They are two big players at this club and we've been without them for too long,” Martin commented.

“The lads are delighted to see them back on grass, as am I. We don't want to rush them back too quickly and they'll only come to train when they're ready.

“In the next three or four weeks, I'm sure they'll tell us they’re coming back even stronger and it’ll be a great boost.”

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